When you pre-plan your own arrangements, you can ensure that your wishes
will be carried out and that the surviving loved ones won’t be faced
with difficult decisions. Like funeral services with burial to follow,
cremation services can be as simple or complex as you wish. Cremation offers considerable
flexibility. You could choose to arrange a funeral service prior to the
cremation or you might prefer that your loved ones hold a simple memorial
service afterward. You can also specify the final destination of your
cremains, if you wish.
Consider whether you wish your loved ones to hold a visitation and funeral
service prior to the cremation. If so, consider whether you have a preference
regarding where your funeral services will take place. It’s customary
to hold the service in a place of worship, but this is not necessary.
If you are not an adherent of a religion, it’s particularly important
to specify your wishes regarding the funeral service officiant, and the
passages to be read and music to be played. Otherwise, the surviving loved
ones may disagree about what your preferences would have been.
Many people who make pre-need arrangements for a cremation decide that
they would prefer a memorial service after the cremation. This memorial
service may be an informal event held at the family home, a formal event
held at the funeral home, or a religious event held in a place of worship.
Once you’ve finalized the details of the funeral or memorial service,
it’s time to consider what you would like your loved ones to do
with the cremains. You could
choose to have the cremains interred in an indoor or outdoor columbarium at a memorial park. Alternatively,
you could choose to have the cremains buried.
If you would prefer that your cremains not be buried or interred, you do
have other options. You could entrust them to the safekeeping of a loved
one, have them scattered, or even have them incorporated into an artificial
reef or cremation jewelry.
View your funeral pre-planning guide online today at the website of
Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park, and Crematory. Or, call our funeral home in Lakewood, Washington at (253) 584-0252 to
discuss your pre-need arrangements with one of our funeral directors.
For years, our memorial park has served the end-of-life needs of our community
with compassionate and respectful care.