Planning On Cremation? Helpful Suggestions For Choosing The Right Memorial Service

Posted on: 26 September 2017


If you've decided to be cremated at a place like Danks-Hinski Funeral Home, there are still some plans that will need to be made. Choosing to be cremated is a very private matter. However, your family may want to have a say in how the cremation services are carried out. Once you've passed away, your family will want the opportunity to grieve, and to say their last goodbyes to you. While you're planning your cremation, it's important that you plan the rest of the services, as well. This will ensure that your wishes to be cremated are fulfilled, while your family still has the opportunity to memorialize you, and your life. Here are three types of services you can plan for your cremation.

Full-Service Funeral

If your family wants the opportunity to have a funeral for you, that desire doesn't need to be set aside simply because you've chosen to be cremated. In fact, it's possible to have a full-service funeral, followed by your cremation. For this type of service, your body will be embalmed and preserved, as if it were being buried. The embalming allows your body to be viewed prior to the cremation. Following the funeral services, your body will be transferred to the crematorium for cremation purposes. Once the cremation has taken place, your ashes will be given to your family.

Private Memorial

If you don't wish to have a full-service funeral after you pass away, your family may choose to have a private memorial following the cremation. With this type of service, you'll be cremated first. Once your family receives your ashes, they can hold a private memorial at a location of their choosing. With this type of service, your memorial can be held where your family plans to scatter your ashes, if they plan on doing that. The private memorial ensures that your family receives the opportunity to gather in your honor, without the full funeral services.

Graveside Ceremony

If you're going to be interred in a mausoleum, or cemetery plot, you may choose to have a graveside ceremony following your cremation. This type of service allows your family to gather around your final resting place for a quiet funeral service. Many families find peace from gathering around the place where your remains will be laid to rest. This type of service allows you to have your wish of being cremated, while still providing your loved ones with a place to visit your remains.

If you've decided on cremation, the only decision you'll need to make is how you want to be remembered. If you and your family have questions, or concerns, speak to the family service counselor at a funeral home near you.