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When choosing cremation, the ceremony is a way to inform the community of a loved one’s passing, tell their story and celebrate their life. A ceremony is most meaningful when it reflects your loved one’s relationships, interests, and the moments you shared. Memorializing your loved one when choosing cremation may include one or any combination of the following choices.
Friends and family gather for a tribute prior to cremation, often with the decedent present, which activates support and allows family and friends to say goodbye.
This gathering of friends and family following cremation often features the memorial urn as the ceremony’s centerpiece and allows family and friends to recall memories and support one another.
A small gathering and informal family farewell takes place in a private setting and offers the chance to say goodbye, allowing family and friends to recall memories and support one another.
Services often include the use of music, symbols, words and actions that reflect the life of the loved one and activate support among family and friends. Whether simple or elaborate, traditional, contemporary or religious, choose elements that best reflect the passion and life story of the one whom you are honoring.
A direct cremation is when there is no funeral service or memorial service, but instead simply final disposition of the body by the funeral home.