Understanding the Cremation Process and Cremation Services

 

 

Maybe you are wondering how cremation works. If so, you are not alone. Many people are unfamiliar with the cremation process but would like to consider this alternative to traditional burial.

Our compassionate experts can walk you through every step of the cremation process, including the care for and preparation of the body (which varies depending on religious requirements and type of service chosen), planning a unique funeral or memorial service that reflects the individual, choosing a burial option and selecting family keepsakes. We offer cremation packages to fit your family tradition, personal wishes and budget.

 

Cremation is an increasingly common choice. When you choose cremation for yourself or a loved one, you have many options for commemorating a loved one. The type of service, cemetery property and cremation memorialization items such as urns and keepsake jewellery can all be customized to suit your needs.

A cremation garden with beveled memorial niches.

Cemetery property for cremation

Though many people want their cremated remains (or "ashes") to be scattered in a personally meaningful place, and some families keep ashes at home, more and more people are finding that a designated place in a cemetery is a lasting alternative to help bring healing and lasting remembrance. Cremation cemetery options include in-ground urn burial, mausoleum entombment, cremation niches, cremation benches and pedestals, columbaria and scattering gardens.


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Cremation providers near you

If you are interested in cremation but are not sure where to go, our location search allows you to find caring and reputable cremation providers in your area. Some funeral homes and mortuaries have on-site crematories, but even those that do not can arrange a cremation in your area.


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Cremation memorial services

A cremation funeral can be a traditional ceremony or a celebration of life. It can take place before or after a cremation. Let us help you plan.


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A cremation memorial designed as a bench allows a place for visitors to rest and reflect at Pacific View Memorial Park.

Cremation burial

If you’re interested in establishing a permanent place of remembrance for your loved one’s cremated remains, there are a number of options for the interment of ashes after someone you love passes away.


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Plan a memorable cremation funeral

Planning a personalized cremation funeral or memorial is an event unlike any other. We created a guide to help you understand all of your cremation options and how to plan a truly memorable event. Understanding Cremation—A Complete Guide is free, and it will help you start planning today. Then, when you are ready, a Dignity Memorial provider will be there to walk you through every step of the cremation process.


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