Overview of Cremation
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.
What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions 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 can be memorialized in many ways.
Cremation and Funerals
Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned 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 nontraditional. 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. Laurel Oaks Funeral Home & Memorial Park is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call (972) 288-4663.
The Complete Cremation Service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This 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.
The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, 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 are allowed 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.
A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.
Importance of Memorialization
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 choices 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. Laurel Oaks Funeral Home & Memorial Park allows the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:
Memorialization Options for Cremation:
The need is inside us all for a place we can always go to feel close to a loved one we have lost. We all share, as well, a basic human desire to retrace family roots and to connect future generations to their past. As a funeral home and memorial park, Laurel Oaks accommodates those fundamental human needs with a variety of resting-place options:
- Traditional burial spaces — Laurel Oaks’ beautiful and historic cemetery has adequate acreage for individual and family plots for generations to come. A perpetual-care cemetery featuring both upright monuments and flat markers, it is one of the few cemeteries to allow fresh and artificial flowers year-round. Laurel Oaks’ cemetery also serves all funeral homes — burial plots are available with or without our other services.
- Mausoleum crypts — Our newly constructed garden mausoleum features a courtyard sanctuary for individual or family resting places. The entombment of a loved one in our stately black granite mausoleum offers an above-ground alternative to the traditional earth burial.
- Cremation niches/columbariums — Cremains are securely enshrined in an above-ground columbarium containing individual cremation niches. Ossuaries — the cremation version of a family burial plot – also are available.
- Alternative resting places — Laurel Oaks staff can assist you with alternative arrangements such as having remains scattered, buried on your property or placed in an urn or other container for you to take with you. We can even arrange for ashes to be integrated into outdoor benches, statuary, jewelry or other keepsakes.
- Science/medical donations — You can make a medical bequest while also having a funeral service and final resting place. As part of our services, we can help arrange advance science/medical donations as part of preplanning and assist with contacts at time of death.