Direct cremation is when the deceased’s body is cremated right away. After the cremation, the ashes are picked up or sent to the families, and there is no visitation, viewing, or any other ceremonies for this service option. The ashes can be placed in a container of choice, such as an urn. Families may want this option if they are not ready to have a funeral service right away or if the deceased did not want the family to have a service at all. Direct cremation offers flexibility as the family can take their time to decide if they want to do with the ashes afterward, whether is it just to keep them or have a memorial service or an ash scattering ceremony.
Choosing cremation does not mean that services can’t be held after the process is done. Families can opt to have a cremation with a service, in which the deceased is cremated prior to the funeral. The ashes are then placed in the container of choice, and a complete funeral service is held in honor of the loved one. Funeral services often include prayer, the singing of hymns, a eulogy, and readings. Typically, the ashes in their desired container are present. Families choose this option if they do not want a viewing of their loved one’s body but still want a traditional funeral service.
When choosing a graveside service for cremation, the deceased’s body will be cremated before the service. Then, friends and family will gather by the deceased’s grave plot for a formal funeral service. At the end of the service, the deceased’s ashes will be buried — they can be buried as is or in a selected container such as an urn. This service allows family and friends can pay their final respects, and to be present as their loved one is transferred to his or her final disposition through ground burial.
Similar to the services above, the deceased will be cremated before the celebration of life service. However, a celebration of life service is not necessarily the same as a traditional funeral service. This kind of celebration gives families more options for creativity and can be held in any venue of their choosing It’s about family and friends coming together to share memories of their loved one and what made them special.
Of course, with any of these services, you can choose to have a viewing before cremation. With this option, the deceased will be embalmed and prepared for a viewing. Then later on they are cremated, and the family will receive their ashes.
A common way to honor your loved one after they’ve been cremated is to plan an ash scattering ceremony. This type of ritual helps the family members and friends to find peace and closure, and it can be a beautiful way of celebrating the memory of the loved one.
Depending on the ash scattering method, some ceremony types may be better suited than others. For example, with casting, you may choose to have a formal ceremony with the release of wildflower seeds, biodegradable paper lanterns, or another environmentally friendly option in addition to your loved one’s ashes. Or, if you do a water ash scattering, you can still hold a releasing ceremony with one of the objects mentioned above where everyone can be present. The ceremony agenda can include readings, songs, eulogies, or other personalized elements.
Ash scattering ceremonies can be personalized so the family finds a better way to honor the memories of their loved one. Our funeral home can help you organize a ceremony where your loved one's ashes are scattered in a location of your choice. A key point for this cremation service is finding a location that was of significance to your loved one.
At Compassionate Cremation Services of New Hampshire, we value giving families in Wilton, NH several cremation options so they have the opportunity to honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. Our dedicated and experienced staff is available to help you through the whole process, guaranteeing you will have a positive experience working with our funeral home.
If you have any additional questions about the cremation process and any of the other services we offer, please reach out to us. We are happy to help your family in any way.