Cremation
Why Cremation?

If you are unsure about cremation, here are some reasons
why more Americans are making it their choice:

  • More religious traditions have accepted it in recent years.
  • There is a dramatic cost savings when compared to traditional burial.
  • Environmental concerns are a factor for some.
  • American mobility often means moving far from the family cemetery.
  • Unlike burial, cremation allows you time to decide where and when to place your loved one’s ashes.
  • Michelle Cromer

    Michelle Cromer

    best selling author of
    Exit Strategy: Thinking Outside the Box

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Cremation

    Can I divide my loved one’s cremated remains?

    Yes. In fact you have more options than ever. You may want to consider keepsake or mini urns or any of the options available in our Creative Cremation section.

    What type of information do I need to have for my loved one who just passed away?

    Having your loved one’s Social Security number, date of birth, city of birth, parents’ names and mother’s maiden name, highest level of education will make the process easier. It also helps to let the funeral home know as soon as possible whether burial or cremation will be chosen.

    Can I have a cremation and still have a service?

    Yes, absolutely! The great thing about cremation is that you can honor your loved one’s wishes and have cremation take place but still have a service for friends and family which we recommend because it helps in the grief process.

    What are the most common options for me to consider after I receive my loved one’s cremated remains?

    1. Burial in a cemetery. This may be the best option for those who have a family burial plot and wish for all loved ones to be buried in the same place.
    2. Placement in a niche in a columbarium. A columbarium is a designated area for the placement of cremated remains, generally located at a cemetery.
    3. Creative placement. You may wish to consider the creative options and tributes available through Shared Sorrows’ preferred providers.
    4. Scatter the ashes. This may take place at a location that was special to your loved one and/or other family members. Please note that this may require special permission in some instances.

    What are the different types of services to consider if I choose cremation?

    There are several types of cremation services you could possibly choose from…

    1. Traditional services before cremation. This particular arrangement allows you to have a visitation with an open casket present if you wish. Most funeral homes have rental caskets for this purpose. A funeral service can be held at the funeral home or a local house of worship. Once the services are completed, the funeral home will take the decedent’s remains to the crematory rather than a cemetery. Some crematories allow family and/or friends to witness the cremation if desired.
    2. Visitation followed by cremation. This option provides a time for family and friends to gather to view the decedent and pay their respects before the cremation.
    3. Memorial service. This service can be held at a church, funeral home chapel or location of your choice. This service generally takes place after the cremation has occurred and with or without your loved one’s cremated remains present
    4. Basic cremation. Under this option, your loved one’s remains are taken directly to the crematory rather than being sent to the funeral home for embalming and viewing options. It is the most cost-effective option. A memorial service can follow the cremation if desired.
    5. Creative cremation. Through our association with cremation expert Michelle Cromer, Shared Sorrows provides a number of creative cremation concepts through which you can create a unique tribute.