As with a burial, cremation is only one element of the funeral process and should always be approached that way. Cremation services are made part of a meaningful funeral service and can play a vital role in the healing process. Cremation should be approached as a commemorative process in eliminating grief, and an important process in preparing remains for memorialization.
Families that have chosen to cremate their loved one have many options and flexibility when determining how to best memorialize their loved one. Families have chosen to have a viewing or a funeral service prior to cremation. Other families have chosen a memorial service at the time of cremation or afterward with the urn present, or even a committal service at the final disposition of the cremated remains. Funeral services or memorial services can be held at our home, place of worship, crematory, or other significant place of importance to your loved one.
We advise each of our families to take some time to consider how they would like to memorialize their loved one. Consider these questions when choosing a memorial service:
• Will you have a service or gathering of family and friends prior to cremation?
• Will there be a public or private viewing?
• What kind of urn will you select?
• Will the cremated remains be interred?
Like so many other events in your life, being an educated consumer is important.
Most religions accept cremation, with the exception of the Islamic, Orthodox Jewish, Eastern Orthodox and some fundamentalist Christian faiths. Though the Roman Catholic Church expresses a preference for burial, it now allows cremation for reasons compatible with church teachings. It does not sanction the scattering of remains, however, and prefers the presence of the body during the liturgy, prior to cremation.
The cost of cremation varies depending on the services and products that are selected by the family. At Ellington Funeral Services, we will always provide you with an itemized list that includes the cost of the services and products that are offered.
Families selecting cremation for themselves or a loved one have the same options for services and merchandise as those who select casket burial. What many people do not realize is that cremation is a process and is not the final disposition of the human remains. A determination will need to be made as to the person’s final resting place. This important place will be used to memorialize the life lived and will serve as a place for family and friends to visit and honor the memory of their loved one.
Some of the most common options for the final resting place for cremated remains include, but are not limited to:
• Indoor/Outdoor Columbarium
• Scattering of the remains
• Personal urn that is kept in the home of loved ones
The crematory that Ellington Funeral Services utilizes requires that the deceased be placed in a container for the cremation process. Either a casket or a container that is available for purchase will do.
Cremation caskets and containers are both typically made of wood, fiberboard or a composite of materials. A cremation casket has a finished interior and closely resembles a casket used for earth burial. A cremation container is designed to fulfill the crematories’ minimum requirements and typically does not have an interior lining or has a minimally finished interior.
A person who chooses to have viewing, visitation and/or funeral services in their church or funeral home prior to cremation will typically select a cremation casket. Some funeral directors also have a ceremonial or rental cremation caskets available as an option.
As always, our funeral directors are always here to help you in making the best decision that is appropriate for your loved one.
There are many urn options available in a broad price spectrum. Metal, glass, wood, granite, marble and other materials are commonly utilized in urn construction. There are also specialty urns available that reflect a personal statement on a person's life, hobbies, etc.
Outer Burial Containers
Should you select earth burial for a final resting place for your loved one, the cemetery may require an outer burial container to surround the urn or container in the ground. This would be a smaller version of those utilized for caskets.