Cremation options: choosing a cremation ceremony

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This article provides a comprehensive and simple overview of the various cremation ceremonies and memorial options available.

There are several options for holding a cremation ceremony. Choosing a cremation ceremony option is a personal decision that should be based on your preferences, the wishes of the deceased, and your cultural or religious beliefs.

Here are a few options/ideas you may consider:

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1. Traditional Funeral Service: You can choose to have a traditional funeral service with a visitation or wake, followed by a cremation. Once you have the cremated remains, you can choose to have the urn interred or kept in a special place. This option allows family and friends to gather, pay their respects, and say goodbye to the deceased.

2. Memorial Service: Instead of having a funeral service before the cremation, you can opt for a memorial service afterward. This allows for more flexibility in terms of timing and location. The memorial service can be held at a place of worship, a funeral home, or any other meaningful location.

3. Celebration of Life:
A celebration of life is a more personalized and uplifting event that focuses on honoring and celebrating the deceased’s life. It can include storytelling, sharing memories, displaying photographs or videos, and incorporating the deceased’s hobbies or interests.  It can also be held anywhere you wish and be as creative as befits a tribute to the deceased.

4. Scattering Ceremony: If you plan to scatter the ashes, you can have a scattering ceremony at a meaningful location, such as a favorite beach, park, or garden. This can be a private ceremony or one that includes family and close friends.

5. Virtual Ceremony: In situations where an in-person gathering may not be possible due to distance or other circumstances, you can opt for a virtual ceremony. This can be done through videoconferencing platforms, allowing people to come together online to share their memories and support each other. Virtual ‘events’ are becoming more common and enable people to connect from afar and join in a tribute.

6. Direct Cremation: This option involves cremating shortly after death without any formal ceremony or viewing. After the cremation, the ashes can be kept in an urn, scattered in a meaningful location, or used in a memorial ceremony later.

To find a low-cost direct cremation provider near you, use our Local Cremation Service Provider Search, and find locations and cremation prices.

Remember, these are just a few options, and you can customize the ceremony to reflect the preferences and wishes of the deceased and their loved ones.  It’s important to discuss your options with your loved ones, a funeral home, or a funeral director to ensure that your wishes are understood and can be carried out accordingly.

Sara Marsden

I have been researching and writing about the death care industry for the last fifteen years. End of life services and experiences are something most of us choose not to reflect upon until we are suddenly faced with dealing with it. I have been contributing comprehensive and independent resources for families that explain how the funeral industry operates, and the laws that govern funeral practices. Sara writes for US Funerals Online and DFS Memorials LLC, as well as contributing to other forums and publications for the death care industry. I have a BA in Cultural Studies. This helps my analysis of cultural death care rituals, alongside a career background in Business Management. The death care industry is undergoing an epoch of change and this fascinates me.

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