Overview of Cremation
The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.
Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.
What is done before or after the cremation is up to you or your survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.
Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and offers many options for memorialization.
Cremation and Funerals
Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service, followed by cremation, may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. Either plan can be elaborate or simple, traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel & Crematorium is able to assist in any and all of your funeral service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call 541-942-0185.
The Complete Cremation Service will be just like a complete funeral service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket, with a removable insert. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains and can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
The Immediate Cremation Service (or Direct Cremation) can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery due to a loss.
Importance of Memorialization
Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.
Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, some choose to scatter the remains over land or water. Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel & Crematorium offers the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:
Memorialization Options for Cremation
Outdoor Niches – The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches. For more information please visit our Cemetery Services Page.
Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried on a full sized traditional gravesite or in special cremation burial spaces. These spaces are typically smaller and are a more efficient utilization of space. For more information please visit our Cemetery Services Page.
Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a natural environment. Scattering is permanent, and careful consideration should be given before undertaking. At Smith Lund Mills we can provide urns that are designed for easy opening and scattering. For further consideration, it is possible to scatter only a portion of the remains, while placing the balance in a columbarium or burial in a cemetery. The deceased can be commemorated at more than one special location at a time. Sharing remains among several locations, or family members, can provide and ideal way to meet the desires of more than one survivor, while also creating a permanent spot for loved-ones to come visit and reflect.
Personalized Memorialization – Cast your family member’s name in solid bronze, and place the plaque on the Book of Remembrance at Fir Grove Cemetery. Inscribe their name on the Wall of Remembrance at Creswell Pioneer or Drain City Cemetery. These memorials are in memory only, the remains are not present and are an excellent, cost effective way to permanently memorialize a loved one.
We also have custom, unique urns that are perfect for displaying inside your home. Memorial keepsakes and jewelry are also available. These options hold a portion of cremated remains to keep with you always. For an overview of these items, please visit our merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.