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-arranging 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.
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Cremation and Funerals
Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral ceremony. Those cremation services most called for by our clients are listed here:
◆ Basic Services of Funeral Director and Staff ◆ Transfer of Deceased from place of death to funeral home* ◆ Standard Embalming or Refrigeration^ ◆ Other preparation of the body ◆ Use of facilities and staff for visitation ◆ Use of facilities (or coordination with other location) and staff for a funeral service ◆ Cremation Fee (on-site crematory) ◆ Cremated remains returned in Temporary Cardboard Container ◆ Memorial Book ◆ Service Folders or Prayer Cards - Standard (100) ◆ 25 Acknowledgement Cards ◆ DVD Memorial.
Cremation with Memorial Service
◆ Basic Services of Funeral Director and Staff ◆ Transfer of Deceased from place of death to funeral home* ◆ Refrigeration ◆ Use of facilities (or coordination with other location) and staff for a memorial service ◆ Cardboard Alternative Container ◆ Cremation Fee (on-site crematory) ◆ Cremated remains returned in Temporary Cardboard Container Memorial Book ◆ Service Folders or Prayer Cards - Standard (100) ◆ 25 Acknowledgement Cards ◆ DVD Memorial.
Direct Cremation (includes Family Viewing*)
◆Basic Services of Funeral Director and Staff: ◆ Transfer of Deceased from place of death to funeral home* ◆ Private Family Viewing (if condition of the deceased allows) ◆ Refrigeration ◆ Cremation fee (on-site crematory) ◆ Cremated remains returned in Temporary Cardboard Container.
Private Family Viewing of unembalmed remains is restricted to immediate family members (Spouse, Children, Parents, Sisters/Brothers) and limited to a maximum period of 15 minutes. Private Family Viewing is scheduled between the hours of 9 AM - 3 PM, Monday through Friday.
* Manatee and North Sarasota counties. Other areas incur additional charges. Please refer to our current GPL for current fees.
^ Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Please refer to our current GPL for our full disclosure on embalming requirements.
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.
Memorialization Options for Cremation:
SCATTERING – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.
TRADITIONAL BURIAL – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.
PERSONALIZED MEMORIALIZATION – 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 personally address your needs.