If you choose cremation, you have options available to you for gatherings, memorialization and final disposition.

The cremation process uses intense heat to reduce human remains to their original elements.


The body is delivered to the crematory in a casket or cremation container, then is cremated. The cremated remains are placed in a second container, typically an urn, for final disposition.


Cremation allows you to arrange any type of ceremony which is meaningful to you. Cremation may be planned to occur before or after the ceremony. Many people select a traditional visitation and funeral service, with cremation to follow. You may select a cremation followed by a memorial service. This service is a gathering which differs from a funeral only in that the body is not present. The cremated remains may or may not be present in an urn.


You may select cremation only. This entails meeting with us to arrange the details. However, we request you consider the benefit of some type of formal or informal service, for the support it can bring to friends and family, as well as the closure it provides.


Regardless of your choice of services, or even if you choose not to have a viewing, a cremation container and urn will need to be selected. Urns come in various styles allowing you to choose one which reflects your personal tastes. For the nontraditionalist, there are even urns that depict hobbies like golfing or fishing. For an extra touch, urns can be engraved with meaningful themes such as golfing or fishing, or the name of the person who has died.


Cremation also provides several choices for final disposition, including above-ground inurnment, burial, permanent possession and scattering. Above-ground inurnment, such as in a columbarium niche, provides families with a permanent place to visit. Burial also provides such a place, and also allows family members to be laid to rest next to each other, even if another family member has not chosen cremation.


You may also select some form of memorialization, such as a plaque or monument. Memorialization not only comforts immediate survivors, but becomes an important part of your family heritage for generations to come.