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Cremation Services in Utah
Over the past few years, the choice of cremation has become increasingly popular. So what exactly is cremation? It is the process of reducing the body to ash and bone fragments through the application of intense heat over a period of several hours. It is a process performed in a dignified and respectful manner and can be memorialized in many ways.
There are many choices as to what is to be done before or after cremation. Traditional services can be planned before or after the cremation. Cremation does not eliminate the need for a funeral service, nor does it require one. The choice is up to you. A funeral service for a loved one who has chosen cremation can be similar to a service for one who has chosen traditional burial. Arrangements and ceremonies are made to honor the life and legacy of the one who has passed on.
The following are three options for services for a person who has chosen cremation.
- Complete Cremation Service – This option is just like a traditional funeral, except the cremation follows rather than the casketed burial. This is usually done using a cremation casket (one that is specifically designed for cremation). Once the cremation is completed, the cremated remains are returned to the family for burial, scattering, or for the family’s safe-keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. The materials range from protective materials such as metal, plastic, and wood.
- Immediate Cremation Service – This option can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most often followed by a memorial service. A memorial service is one where the body is not present. If you choose immediate cremation, we recommend that you allow yourself time to privately view the body as a family. If this viewing can be done within a few hours following death, then embalming is not necessary. If the viewing cannot take place sooner than 8-12 hours, embalming is encouraged. Regardless of when the viewing is held, we feel that viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that death has occurred and that the grieving process can begin.
- Direct Cremation – This option limits the funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased directly into our care.
Importance Of Memorialization
Memorialization refers to the secure, permanent, final resting place of a loved one. It allows family members and descendants to honor the lives of their loved ones. Keeping in mind there are many choices, McDougal Funeral Homes, a trusted provider of cremation options in Taylorsville, Salt Lake, suggests the following options:
- Cremation Niche – an above-ground space to accommodate an urn.
- Columbarium – This is often found within a mausoleum or chapel and constructed of numerous niches designed to hold urns.
- Cremation Garden – This is a dedicated section of a cemetery designed for the burial, scattering, or other permanent placement of cremated remains.
- Memorial Bench – This can be a bench that simply memorializes the place where the cremated remains are scattered or may actually contain the ashes.
Contact us today for more information on our cremation services in Salt Lake City, Utah.