Do you need to arrange a cremation for a loved one who has passed away? If so, you may have some questions. Even though a lot of people plan cremation services in North Riverside, IL, that doesn’t mean that they know everything there is to know about cremations. So if you’re thinking about planning a cremation for a deceased loved one, it’s a good idea to ask questions.
What follows is a look at some questions and answers pertaining to cremation services.
Question: What Can I Do with My Loved One’s Cremated Remains?
Answer: There are plenty of things you’ll be able to do with the ashes following the cremation. Some people simply choose to take the urn containing the ashes home with them. They can then display it anywhere in their home they wish. Others like to bury the urn either at a cemetery or on their own property. For those looking for a more unique option, there is memorial jewelry. If you go this route, you can get a beautiful piece of jewelry that has an internal compartment that houses some of the cremated remains of your loved one. You can also, among other things, place the cremation urn in a structure such as a columbarium.
Question: Will I Have to Embalm My Loved One Before the Cremation?
You are not required to embalm your deceased loved one prior to the cremation service. If there will be some delay prior to the actual cremation, then embalming may be necessary. But if the cremation will take place right after the death of a loved one, then embalming is unnecessary.
Question: How Long Will the Cremation Process Actually Take?
The cremation process could take anywhere from two to three hours. The exact time will depend on factors like the temperature inside the cremation chamber and the size of the individual. After the cremation chamber stage, the funeral home staff will grind down the bone fragments in a special machine. Then they will place the cremated remains, which will resemble grey sand, into an urn.
Question: Can I Have a Service After the Cremation?
Yes, you most certainly can. Many families like to have a memorial service after the cremation. A memorial service is similar to a funeral service. The primary difference is that while the body of the deceased is usually present during a funeral service, it is absent during a memorial service. So you can arrange to have a memorial service following the cremation. Some people opt to have the urn present during a memorial service. The choice is yours.
Do you need help to plan a cremation service in North Riverside, IL? If so, we’re here to help. For more than 60 years, we’ve faithfully served clients with care and compassion. We have a solid track record of being the sort of funeral home that families trust to help in their times of need. For prompt and courteous service, give us a call or visit our location. We’re here to answer your questions and to help you arrange a body disposition that honors your loved one and that comforts you and your family.