Cremation is a process for preparing a body for its final disposition. Through cremation, the body is reduced to small skeletal fragments by intense heat and evaporation. The cremated remains are placed in an urn for final disposition.
With Cremation you have all the choices that you have with a traditional burial.
- A gathering can be held to receive friends at the funeral home, church or another location.
- A memorial service or service of remembrance, before or after cremation, can be held to honor the person who has died. This can take place in the funeral home, church, or place of your choice.
- Favorite musical selections, readings and remembrances of family members are important choices in planning.
- A graveside service is another option preferred by many. Whether it is private, or for friends and family, it is an important final moment.
- Cremated remains may be placed in an urn for final disposition. Options are burial, above ground entombment, scattering, permanent possession, or a combination of these.
In most cases, a licensed individual is required to transport the body to the crematorium and handle all necessary legal forms and contingencies. The funeral professional at Hansen-Spear is licensed to serve you in this regard. Besides assisting in the legal aspects of your cremation arrangement, the experienced funeral professional will also provide you with his or her guidance pertaining to all the options which have been described on this page, with personal, individual concern for your particular desires.
Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
International and noted author, education and grief counselor.
“I have seen many people in counseling at the Center for Loss and Life Transition who, at the time of death, thought it would be ‘easier’ not to have a funeral service. They end up trying to go around their grief instead of through it – resulting in what I term, ‘living in the shadow of the ghosts of grief’.”
“I always say that when words are inadequate, have a ceremony! Funerals are not about closure, they are about a good beginning. Blessed are those who mourn.”
What is the person’s favorite:
- song or hymn
- scripture reading
- poem or quote
- flower or memento
- hobby or sport
- charity or cause
- family photo…or memory
Do you want someone special to:
- deliver your eulogy
- share a special reading
- lead a prayer
- sing a song or play an instrument
MeaningFunerals.com – An Online Resource for Families
“MeaningfulFunerals.com was created through a collaboration between Batesville and Dr. Alan Wolfelt to provide the information and insights necessary to help families create meaningful funeral experiences that both honor the lives of their loved ones and start them on the path to healing from their losses.” (From MeaningFunerals.com)”