It may be surprising to many people to learn that cremation funerals are largely like funerals after which the deceased loved one’s body is to be buried. Very little has to be different, in most cases. Here is a brief look at some of the many possibilities to consider for a cremation funeral.
Cremation funerals can be conducted before the body has been converted to ashes. Most funeral homes today will offer to rent a casket for a funeral temporarily. In such a case, the body would be prepared and displayed in a traditional fashion – as if it were to be buried after the service. But instead of being transported to a cemetery after the service, workers would prepare it for cremation, which can usually be scheduled to be conducted very shortly after the funeral. The ashes would then be made available to family members who could dispose of, or store, them in a wide variety of ways. In this case, those who attended the cremation funeral need not necessarily even be told that a cremation is planned. This option is particularly a good one in instances which a family member has requested cremation, but others in the family may object to the practice on, say, religious grounds (though most religions today have little strong objection to the practice of cremation).
Funerals can also be planned to celebrate or complement the cremation process itself. In these services, a carefully selected cremation urn filled with the deceased’s ashes becomes the focal point of the service’s alter (in the same way a casket is the focus of a traditional funeral). Instead of a casket, the funeral alter could be adorned with mementos from the deceased’s life (military medals, photos, and other souvenirs) that visitors can pursue along with the cremation urn during the visitation period before the funeral.
The advent of an entire industry devoted to the making of creative cremation urns has made this option for cremation funerals particularly attractive. It is possible, for example, to build, say, motorcycle logos into a casket designed for a devoted biker. But, with cremation vessels for ashes today, an entire selection of urns shaped exactly like a motorcycle gas tank are available, and very affordable priced. This is just one example of the ways cremation urns can be used to creatively celebrate the life of a deceased loved one as part of a cremation funeral.
Cremation funerals can also include a unique component that does not have a counterpart in traditional funerals: the sharing of ashes with attendees. The cremation urn industry today makes available a surprisingly wide selection of cremation jewelry and mini urns that can be given to attendees who wish for them. These beautiful pieces hold small amount of the deceased’s ashes and are small enough to be conspicuously displayed in a home or worn on a body. For many people they make the perfect memorial to a deceased loved one because they illustrate the eternal assurance that the loved one is always nearby.
Funerals with cremation ashes, in short, can be as simple or as elaborate as a family desires. For the budget conscious, a cremation funeral can be conducted in any setting in which an urn can be displayed. This can save thousands off the cost of renting a funeral home and all of the accessories involved in a traditional funeral. But cremation funerals need not, necessarily, be an inexpensive affair. Families, if they so desire, can build elaborate cremation funeral alters with featuring expensive adornments and hand-crafted urns. And such cremation funerals can certainly be as memorable and as uplifting as a traditional funeral feature a body displayed in a casket. Families planning a cremation funeral should rest assured that their options are far from limited. In fact, it’s entirely true that the sky is, indeed, the limit for cremation funerals.