Overview of Cremation Options
The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.
Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.
However, just because the process of cremation hasn't changed much doesn't mean that there still aren't a number of cremation options to consider. For example, what is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you.
Selecting Cremation Options
You can relieve the burden of selecting cremation options by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.
Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner, and it allows people to be memorialized in many ways.
Cremation Options: Celebrating the Life of a Loved One
One of the cremation options to consider is how you want to celebrate the life of your loved one or how you wish to be celebrated in your death. Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Cremation options include traditional or contemporary funeral services before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or non-traditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. The Nutmeg State Cremation Society is able to assist you in planning your cremation and memorial services. To obtain more information on our cremation services click here or call (203) 348-0443.
The first of our cremation options, the Complete Cremation Service, is just like a complete funeral service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This difference can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
Another of our cremation options, the Immediate Cremation Service, can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most often followed by a memorial service at a place of worship, funeral home or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you allow a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death, then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours), then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing could not be done within 48 hours, then embalming may be required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.
The last of our cremation options, Direct Cremation, refers to a cremation being provided while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.
Cremation Options: Memorializing the Departed
Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.
Cremation allows families many options for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Nutmeg State Cremation Society allows the following cremation options, among others, for memorializing remains:
Outdoor Niches – The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches.
Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also options, which include scattering at sea.
Traditional Burial – Your loved one's remains may have an in ground burial in a family plot. Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.
Personalized Memorialization – You may inscribe your family member’s name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We also have custom, unique urns and keepsakes, perfect for displaying inside your home. For an overview of these items, please visit our merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.
If you need help selecting the right cremation options for your situation, call Nutmeg State Cremation Society of Stamford, CT at (203) 348-0443.