Why Choose Cremation?
Cremation is becoming a well-received option for individuals and their loved ones after death. This is mainly due to the flexibility of options when it comes to cremation. Environmental considerations have a significant impact on the decision of whether or not to choose cremation. At Stanfill Funeral Home & Cremation, we understand how difficult these decisions can be when a loved one dies. We are here to guide you every step of the way with care and compassion. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding cremation to help you better understand the process.
What Is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the body into bone fragments with the use of fire. Once the body is reduced, non-organic materials, such as metals from implants, are removed and the remaining bone is ground into ash. A common question is: “How long does the cremation process take?” The entire process can take from 10-15 days, due to some state laws requiring a waiting period before cremation can take place. The actual cremation process itself takes around 3 hours and processing the cremated remains can take an additional 1-2 hours.
Why Do Families Choose Cremation?
There are many reasons why families choose cremation. The first is that cremation is a more affordable option than traditional embalming. Cremation is a more environmentally conscious option, since it does not require burial. Finally, cremation offers more flexibility for the disposition of the body.
Is Embalming Required Before Cremation?
There is no state law requiring embalming prior to cremation. Modern facilities make it possible for embalming to be eliminated. However, some families choose to embalm before cremation for viewing or funeral service purposes.
Is an Urn Required for Cremation?
Families are not required to provide an urn; however, there are several options for families when it comes to urns and cremation. These include
- Burying the remains in an urn
- Placing the urn in a columbarium
- Storing remains in an urn
- Using an urn for a memorial service
If you do choose to bury an urn in the cemetery, you may be asked to select a vault as part of the burial.
Can Family Be Present During Cremation?
In most cases, funeral homes and crematoriums have family areas where families and loved ones can be present for the cremation.
What Are Cremated Remains?
The cremated remains are the ash left after the cremation process.
What Happens to the Ashes After Cremation?
The family may decide what to do with the cremated remains. Families may take the ashes home, have them buried in a cemetery, or place them in a columbarium. The funeral director can help you make the best decision for you and your family based on your loved one’s wishes.
Can There Be a Service With a Cremation?
Some families choose embalming prior to cremation for a visitation or service. This allows the family an opportunity for closure that they may need. In some cases where embalming is not chosen, families may still choose to have a memorial or funeral service. Regardless of what option you choose for burial or interment, the funeral home can help you create a service to honor your loved one.
What Is Memorialization for a Cremation?
If your loved one is cremated, there may not be a burial site with a headstone for friends and family to visit to remember the departed. A memorialization can create a lasting place for loved ones to visit and reflect on the life of the deceased. Memorialization can include burial or placement in a cremation niche, a memorial tree, or a pedestal in a memorial garden. If you and your family have an idea or wish for a memorial, your funeral home can help you plan a special place to remember the life of your loved one.
Where Can I Scatter My Loved One’s Cremated Remains?
In most cases, scattering your loved one’s remains on public or private property is acceptable. There may be local laws or ordinances, so you may want to ask your funeral director if you have questions.
Contact Stanfill Funeral Home & Cremation
Stanfill Funeral Home & Cremation understands how difficult losing a loved one can be. We are fully licensed to handle funeral and cremation services in and around Lexington, TN. One of our team members can guide you if you need cremation services for a loved one.