Can I have a Cremation and a Visitation?

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Many assume that it’s not possible to have a visitation or other forms of formal funeral services if they choose cremation. That’s a common misconception as there are a number of visitation options available to you. Here are some facts you need to know about visitation and cremation:

1. There’s a Difference Between a Wake and a Visitation

Both visitation and a wake occur before the funeral service, which can be a traditional burial or a cremation. Both wake and visitations allow friends, family members, and acquaintances some time to say goodbye to their deceased loved one. The wake is conducted in the presence of the body while the visitation doesn’t require one. It’s entirely possible for loved ones to hold a visitation even if they choose cremation.

2. The Body can be Embalmed

It’s also a common misconception that a body can’t be embalmed before cremation. People believe that the embalming fluids might interfere with the cremation process but that’s not true. The funeral director can embalm the deceased person and make arrangements for a wake before cremation.

3. Visitation with an Urn

You can always hold a visitation after the cremation process is completed. The ashes of the deceased individuals can be stored in an urn during the visitation, which can replace the physical body of the deceased individual.

4. It’s a Matter of Scheduling

If you can make arrangements quickly, the visitation can be completed before the cremation. While embalming is not a legal requirement for cremation, it’s a good idea to get it done for the comfort of family and guests at the visitation. It is possible to hold a visitation without embalming if the process is done quickly.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive cremation services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

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