Although cremation is gaining popularity as an end-of-life choice, many people still have questions about how it fits in with funeral planning services. In addition to their traditional burials, Belmont Funeral Home in Colchester, CT, provides professional cremation services and helps families make the necessary arrangements. Here, the staff discusses what to expect during the planning process.
What Happens When Planning a Cremation Service?
The first step to planning a cremation is to meet with a funeral director. They will explain how the body is treated and how the remains are preserved. While some people believe that being cremated means their family cannot hold a memorial, this is not true. Funeral homes provide a variety of options for their cremation services, including preparation for viewing, a memorial with an urn present, or a gathering held at a later date.
Commemorating a loved one who wants to be cremated offers a number of options. Surviving friends and family members can hold a ceremony at a location that was meaningful to the deceased and scatter their ashes. Another option is to hold a cremation service that includes remarks from loved ones with a memorial service to follow. Families may also consider having a traditional funeral service with the cremation urn being the focal point.
Just as with a traditional funeral, family members can decide how the cremation service is conducted. Think about what music and readings or eulogies to include. Scripture readings and prayers that reflect the deceased’s religious beliefs will bring their survivors comfort; if they were a member of a fraternal organization or branch of the military, there might be traditions that reflect their service. A funeral director will provide suggestions on planning a service that is an accurate representation of your loved one’s life.
If you believe cremation is right for yourself and a loved one, then work with an experienced funeral director who can help you make the necessary plans. For more than 60 years, the compassionate and professional staff at Belmont Funeral Home has helped families arrange thoughtful, meaningful cremation services. Call (860) 537-2900 or visit their website to learn more about this end-of-life option.