When a family is planning for cremation, one of their first decisions will be what type of service they would like for their loved one. While a full memorial service followed by either a burial or a cremation can often be a good choice, other options allow families to have some say in how their loved one is commemorated.
A simple cremation service follows the same steps that happen during a traditional funeral – collecting the deceased’s body, conducting any final healthcare procedures on it if necessary, dressing it as desired by the family members, and embalming it if a viewing will be held later. The body is then placed in a casket made of combustible material, and the casket is cremated along with the body.
Since a simple cremation service does not include a memorial service, the cremated remains are typically scattered at a later date by a member of the family or a funeral home staff member.
When planning a simple cremation, there are some things you will need to consider.
Discuss the details of a simple cremation service with a representative. The representative will walk you through a checklist to ensure that a simple cremation service/direct cremation is what you want.
Once they have been signed by an authorized person or entity, these forms must be sent to the appropriate agency before the decedent can be released to the funeral home (if applicable).
Forms can also be completed and printed from several websites dealing with funerals, though it’s best to consult your chosen crematory first about which forms are required for your area as well as any special requirements or procedures for direct cremation.
Cremation services in a direct cremation package generally include the following:
Urns can be a part of a funeral package, purchased separately at a cremation service provider’s establishment or online.
A family may choose a memorial service before a cremation or they may prefer a funeral with a viewing to meet their emotional needs. Many people also have a separate memorial service after a cremation service so that they can connect in a more personal way without the distraction of grief about the loss of their loved one’s physical presence (unless this was part of their previous arrangement).
If you wish a memorial service in a church, synagogue, or another place of worship, all arrangements should be made through those establishments.
Write a eulogy, select music (CDs/tapes), readings, poems, a minister or rabbi to officiate at a religious ceremony, and your choice of pallbearers (if desired).
If you have a favorite hearse from before the death that is no longer used, it can be included in the ceremony as an honorary piece of machinery.
– This type of service requires that all arrangements be made at least 24 hours before the scheduled time for the services; however, some local Trussville funeral homes may allow families to make these arrangements over the phone as long as they give their name and relationship to the deceased.
– The body must be embalmed a day before a simple cremation service occurs and a death certificate is required to document the cause of death as well as a permit from Alabama Vital Records if a burial or cremation will take place within 24 hours after death.
– Viewing of a body is not typically allowed for a simple cremation service; however, some funeral homes may allow families to see the body before it has been dressed in clothes for a direct cremation or put into an alternative container such as a plywood box before cremation.
– In a direct cremation, the death certificate must be present at the time of transportation to a crematory facility for it to be released for final disposition. However, if there is no permit required from Alabama Vital Records, then the death certificate does not need to be present until after the remains have been disposed of by final disposition either in whole or part.
If you’re planning a cremation, it’s important to know that there are different types of cremation services in Trussville, AL. The simplest form of cremation is direct cremation. It’s so direct that there are no services, nobody preparations, and very little time between the death and the cremation. Whatever the deceased was wearing when they died is typically what they’ll be cremated in. Families who plan direct cremations appreciate the cost-effectiveness, the simplicity, and the timeliness. But what if you want a cremation with some sort of service? The good news is that there are funeral homes that offer cremations with services.
In most cases, there are no formal services associated with a simple cremation service. After the family gives notice of their intention to cremate the deceased, a cremation authorization form is signed, a death certificate is completed, the deceased is placed in a simple container (typically a cardboard box), and a permit for disposition of a dead body is obtained from the city or county.
Here’s a look at the cremation service options we offer. After reading up on them, you’re welcome to get in touch to learn more and to plan a final service for your deceased loved one.
If you can do without the ceremony and would rather the occasion be a private one, then direct cremation is a great option. You’ll be able to provide someone special to you with an honorable final send-off and perhaps just have a small gathering at home afterward with family members.
You can also go with our cremation and memorial service package. When you order this option, you’ll have access to basic professional services for the cremation and memorial you want to honor a loved one. You’ll also get to select the urn of your choice.
If you thought that you could only have visitation with a funeral service and a casket burial, think again. This package will allow you and yours the chance to say goodbye to a deceased relative. You’ll have access to our basic professional services, a visitation, and a cremation.
With this final service package, you’ll be able to have a visitation, cremation, and memorial service. This is an option to consider if you wish to pair a cremation with services that will allow your family and friends to come together to honor the memory of a deceased loved one.
You don’t have to choose between a funeral service and a cremation service – you can do both. With this package, you will get basic professional services, a casket to rent, and a memorial service. If you have some family members who prefer cremation and others who prefer a funeral service, this package is the perfect compromise.
When you’re ready to arrange a cremation service in Trussville, AL, let us know how we can help. We’ve been in operation since 1967 and have, since then, endeavored to provide families with the solutions and services they need while planning final send-offs for their loved ones. For the help you require, give us a call. We’ll be honored to help.