How to Plan a Cremation Service
In America, funeral services are a common occurrence. They help people mourn and heal by allowing them to come together for a ceremony. Whether it's cremation or a traditional burial, a service is part of the grieving process for many.
Specifically, a cremation service distinguishes itself from a traditional funeral service in that there is no casket in the front of the room for visitors to view. Rather, an urn or some other type of container is typically set at the front of the room in which the service will be held. Very often, pictures and keepsakes are displayed around the room in memory and in honor of the deceased.
When planning a cremation service, there are certain steps to follow. Before you begin the process, however, explore the options of cremation that are available to you. Once you have your options in front of you, you can continue with the planning process.
Time for a Family Discussion
To get a
better idea of what your family prefers and receive their input, it's perfectly
fine to bring them along so that they can participate in the planning process.
For a cremation to take place, permission signatures will need to be obtained
from all next of kin.
Confer With a Professional
you may need during this time should be provided by a funeral professional. Do
not be afraid to express concerns or ask questions.
In Writing, Document Cremation Intentions
To take this
step, there are a number of forms made available through the funeral home
planning the memorial and actual cremation.
Arrange For the Physical Remains to Be Transported
remains of your loved one will need to be transported directly to a
crematory/facility. As a funeral home’s available services, this is usually
These were all pre-cremation planning stages. The following will be post cremation decision steps.
Consider The Ceremony Type Desired
types can include the following:
- Cremation followed by memorial service
- Traditional funeral, then cremation
- Scattering ceremony
From Friends and Family, Ask for Assistance
Encourage family and friends’ involvement by asking them to participate in a eulogy, write down a story, submit their favorite photos, etc.
Select Readings, Prayers, Music, Etc.
possibilities are endless, but you don't have to have any of these if you
choose not to.
Well Ahead of Time, Contact Guests
people need time off from work or need to travel, this will be particularly
Cremation Remains – Decide How They Will Be Handled
celebration-of-life, the visual focal point is commonly the urn containing the
ashes. When the service is over, what will you be doing with the cremated
remains? Will they be scattered somewhere, buried, or will you take them home?
For family members and friends, consider the purchase of keepsake urns.
Cremation Planning – Funeral and Services
If you need
help planning a cremation service, we are available for consultation. At American
Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory, we understand the sensitive nature of
losing a friend, loved one, or family member. We treat each and every
individual that we serve with the utmost empathy, discretion, and
consideration. Should you need assistance with a cremation service, and the
resources for the actual cremation, we are at your service.
Contact us today at American Heritage Cemetery Funeral Home Crematory for information or to set up an appointment.