Many families we serve choose earth burial for final disposition and resting place. Burial in a cemetery provides family and friends a memorial focal point to visit for years and generations to come.
Graveside committal rites can occur after a funeral service at our funeral home, church or other venue. Some families choose to perform a Graveside Celebration in lieu of other events – in those cases a visitation, gathering or reception can occur before or after the committal.
Direct Burial is another option. The body is buried shortly after death, usually in a simple container. No viewing or visitation is involved, so no embalming is necessary. A memorial service may be held at the graveside or later. Direct Burial is less expensive than burial with a traditional funeral and viewing. In some communities, it is called “Green Burial” because embalming chemicals are not used.
Cremation does not limit the options available. The deceased can be embalmed for viewing and visitation and cremated after the service. An urn with some of all of the remains can be buried in a family plot with its own headstone.
The choice isn’t one or the other – burial or cremation – it is what best fits the circumstances and the family’s wishes and customs.
What is Direct Cremation?
With direct cremation, the body is cremated shortly after death, without embalming. The cremated remains are placed in an urn or other container. No viewing or visitation is involved, though a memorial service with or without the cremated remains present is common.
The remains can be kept in the home, buried or placed in a crypt or niche in a cemetery, or buried or scattered in a favorite spot. Direct cremation usually costs less than the “traditional,” full-service funeral.
The cost of a cemetery plot or crypt is included only if the remains are buried or entombed. Costs include the funeral home’s basic services fee, as well as transportation and care of the body. A crematory fee may be included or, if the funeral home does not own the crematory, the fee may be added on. There also will be a charge for an urn or other container.
The urn, along with photographs and personal effects, can be incorporated focal point of a memorial service.
Can we have both a service and cremation?
Yes. A service followed by cremation need be no different than a funeral service followed by ground burial. The deceased can be embalmed for visitation and the service and cremated after.
The cremated remains are usually placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremation urn may be interred in an existing family burial plot, a cemetery’s special cremation or placed in cemetery columbarium.
Often the first spouse who dies is cremated and then the couple is reunited in an earth burial as their final resting place. Some families chose to keep the urn with all or some of the remains. Others scatter cremated remains at a favorite place on land or water in accordance with state and local laws. Scattering cremated remains on someone’s private property requires their permission. It is not recommended to scatter on your personal property or on public property where others may come into contact with the cremated remains.
For many people, it is important to have a permanent place to go to visit. This allows family and friends the ability to remember and celebrate a life that has been lived and touched others.