If you are planning a loved one’s funeral and you have chosen
cremation, there are a number of subsequent decisions you will need to make. Your
funeral home will always be happy to walk you through the process and
help you make the right choices for you and your family. As you are making
plans, ask yourself these questions to help you narrow down your options.
Do I want a ceremony?
Some people want to have a traditional viewing and funeral service alongside
cremation, while others prefer to simply have the cremation performed
without an additional ceremony. Cremation does not limit your options
for ceremonies in any way, so the choice is entirely a personal one. Another
choice some families make is to have a memorial ceremony after the cremation,
instead of having a viewing and funeral. You can combine options in any
way that feels appropriate to you, with the help of your funeral home.
How will I handle the remains?
After cremation, there are many things you can do with the ashes. If you
choose cemetery cremation, you can keep the ashes in a family vault or
mausoleum, in an urn garden, or within a structure such as a bench or
boulder with a marker. You may also choose to keep the ashes in an urn
at home or even to have some of the ashes made into jewelry. It is also
possible for loved ones to divide the ashes into different urns for multiple
people to keep.
How do I discuss the decision to cremate a loved one?
Occasionally, family members may have different opinions about what a loved
one would have wanted, or they may have objections to cremation on a religious
basis. Don’t let the cremation come as a surprise to any close family
members. Instead, as the decision maker, share your reasons for choosing
cremation and invite loved ones to share in other aspects of the planning process.
At Mountain View Funeral Home, we offer a variety of options for cremation
in Lakewood, Washington, including funeral services and
cemetery cremation. To get answers to your questions about our services, please call (253) 584-0252.