If you choose cremation, you still have all the options available to you for gatherings, memorialization and final disposition. As a funeral home that specializes in cremation, Platts can personally attend to all the arrangements for you.
The cremation process uses intense heat to reduce human remains to their original elements. The body is delivered to the crematory in a casket or cremation container, then is cremated. The cremated remains are placed in a second container, typically an urn, for final disposition.
Cremation allows you to arrange any type of ceremony which is meaningful to you, with cremation before or after the ceremony.
Many people select a traditional visitation and funeral service, with cremation to follow. Or you can select a cremation followed by a memorial service. This service is a gathering which differs from a funeral only in that the body is not present. The cremated remains may or may not be present in an urn.
You may select cremation only. This entails simply meeting with us to arrange the details. However, we hope you consider the benefit of some type of formal or informal service, for the support it can bring to friends and family, as well as the closure it helps to provide.
Regardless of your choice of services, or even if you choose not to have a viewing, you will need to select a cremation container and urn. Platts offers a wide variety of cremation urns. Click here to learn more.
Cremation also provides you with several choices for final disposition, including above-ground inurnment, burial, permanent possession and scattering.
Above-ground inurnment, such as in a columbarium niche, provides families with a permanent place to visit. Burial also provides such a place, and also allows family members to be laid to rest next to each other, even if another family member has not chosen cremation.
Finally, you may also select some form of memorialization, such as a plaque or monument. Memorialization not only comforts immediate survivors, but becomes an important part of your family heritage for generations to come.