A traditional funeral is a ceremony of proven worth and value for those who mourn. It provides an opportunity for the survivors and others in the community who share in the loss to express their love, respect, and grief. It permits facing openly and realistically the crisis that death presents. Through the funeral the bereaved take that firm first step toward emotional adjustment to their loss.
A funeral with the body present gives identity and purpose to the service. With the body present, a climate for morning exists which makes the sharing of sorrow natural. Without the body, expression of sympathy may be forced, empty and unnatural for many people and makes the acceptance of death difficult for others.
The funeral is a rite of separation. It confirms the reality of death. This, psychiatrists say, is a necessary beginning toward healthy adjustment to loss.
There are some who want to deny that a person has died and that such a person’s life on earth has ended. The presence of the body in the casket actualizes the fact of death. Viewing the body serves to reverse the process of denial while it promotes the acceptance of reality.
Below is a vast selection of our caskets and outer burial containers for you to browse through. Please take some time to select one that meets your needs and desires. Keep in mind some of the caskets can be customized to meet your needs. Outer burial containers, “vaults” are receptacles that the caskets are placed in during earth burials. They are not required by law, however most cemeteries require them mainly for safety reasons.
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A burial vault is a protective outer container for the casket. It provides the casket with superior, long-lasting protection against subsoil elements and the weight of heavy cemetery maintenance equipment.
Cremation is the second most common form of final disposition in North America. During the cremation process, intense heat is used to reduce human remains into small bone fragments. This takes place in a chamber known as a cremation retort. After cremation, these bone fragments are further reduced to a fine powdery form. These are referred to as the cremated remains, the cremated body, ashes, or simply cremains. The cremains are then returned to the family in a plastic or cardboard container.
There are many different services to choose from that can be combined with cremation. A traditional funeral, this service includes a public viewing of the loved one in a casket. A religious or secular service is conducted at a church or the funeral home and the loved one is taken to the crematory after the service. A memorial service, this is usually held days or weeks after the loved one is cremated. The ashes may or may not be present depending on your wishes. A direct disposition with no services, the family chooses to have the loved one transferred from the place of death directly to the crematory. With no funeral or memorial service conducted.
The next of kin has legal authority to decide what to do with the cremains. They can place the cremains in a decorative urn and kept by the family. The urn can be interred in a grave in a cemetery or be placed in a special building or in a garden area. The next of kin may choose to divide the cremains among family members using smaller urns called mini or sharing urns. Or you can choose to spread or scatter the cremains in a garden, body of water, or a special place that had meaning to their loved one. Before scattering the family should check with the us or local authority to find out if there is any ordinance regulating where you can or can not scatter the ashes.