All About Cremation
Create a modern memorial for your loved one’s remains.
Many people are choosing to cremate, but that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice the healing, traditional elements of a burial. Let us help you create a memorial onsite—because it’s helpful for many families to have a physical marker of remains. We can provide a range of flowers and décor accessories so you can best reflect your loved one at a service and much beyond. An onsite memorial becomes a place to commemorate a life and gather beyond the home, at a permanent and meaningful location In addition, please know you can bring remains to the cemetery any time, even long after cremation.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat. This usually takes from two to three hours and occurs in a special type of furnace know as a cremation chamber or retort. The remaining fragments are then processed into a finer substance and placed in a temporary container. Before the remains are returned to the family, they are usually transferred to an urn for permanent containment. Cremation is often considered to be an inexpensive, less complicated substitute for the “traditional” funeral. Many people also believe that at the time of death, only two basic choices exist: immediate cremation of the body; or a complete funeral including viewing followed by burial. Actually, for those who prefer cremation, several options are available — perhaps even more than with burial. Cremation and burial are both defined as “modes of disposition,” or methods of caring for the body, and as such, are just one part of a funeral. Also, the term “traditional,” when applied to funerals, simply refers to an accepted trend of choices from the past. As times change, trends change too. Today, many opportunities exist for meaningful services for the benefit of family and friends — both before and after cremation takes place.
The Memorial Service and Cremation
A memorial service, like a funeral, is a service of remembrance, but without the body present. It may be held at a place of worship, the funeral chapel or any other appropriate location. Regardless of the site, your funeral director will assist in planning and organizing the service, and will provide the necessary staff to direct the service. The urn may be present for the memorial service, as the casket would be for a funeral. It is usually placed on a stand and attractively arranged with flowers. Sometimes a photograph of the person or a piece of meaningful memorabilia is displayed at the service or during the reception period. Depending on where the death occurred, state or provincial laws may require that a specific “waiting period” elapse before cremation can occur. When scheduling the memorial service, therefore, care should be taken to accommodate these requirements, to ensure that the cremated remains can be present at the service, if that is the preference of the family. Your funeral director can advise you on the regulations in effect in your area. The family may hold a visitation or reception at the funeral home/mortuary with or without the presence of the body. Frequently, the body will be in the casket during this time for viewing, and then cremated before the memorial service. If cremation is t take place immediately following death, it is often possible to arrange a brief private time for the family to see the body prior to the memorial service. For many people, this has important psychological value, allowing them a time to “say good-bye.”
Death Away from Home
We have specifically designed our Web site to serve the needs of the families within the Porterville area. However, many times these families are traveling. When the need arises, you can call us any time at (559) 784-5454 to arrange for services. Even if death occurs away from home, we can still arrange all of the details for you right here in Porterville, regardless of where the death occurs. In most instances, we can act as your agent to see that all your wishes are carried out. There is no need for you to make a long trip and deal with strangers. We can also make the necessary arrangements for burial in a distant city. This frees you from traveling to that city for the purpose of handling the details. If it becomes necessary to enlist the services of a funeral home elsewhere, we recommend choosing a funeral home that is independently owned or a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. These funeral homes will serve families with the highest standards of excellence.
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Design a Cremation as Unique as The Life Lived
When choosing cremation, the options for a final resting place are limitless. Let us walk you through the possibilities as you choose the right service for your loved one.