Believe it or not, many countries have been seeing a growth in cremation since the 1960s. However, it was not until the last decade that it started becoming more popular within the United States as well as at our San Bernardino funeral home. By 2023, it’s expected that cremations will account for 59.4% of services, according to the Cremation Association of North America.
Considering the growing popularity, here are the 4 different types of cremations services that are commonly offered today.
· Ash Scattering Service
There are times when a loved one wants to have their ashes scattered at a place of significant meaning to them. To help accommodate these wishes, an ash scattering service can take place. In most cases, this is done privately by family members who do it themselves.
· Direct Cremation
This is one of the most cost-effective cremation options available (with a donation to science being the only cheaper option). There is no funeral service, viewing, or visitation that takes place when a family chooses to go with the direct cremation route. After the cremation is performed, the family is provided with an urn that contains the ashes.
· Memorial Service After Cremation
When going with this route, the body is cremated within the first 24-48 hours of passing which eliminates the need for embalming. Often this is the option that works best for when a family member has passed away while in another location or where they want flexibility.
During the memorial service, a rented casket is usually used as this type of service is similar to a traditional funeral service without the body being present. However, family members may choose to have the urn present for the memorial service if this option is feasible.
For those that do not mind forgoing the traditional service and reducing the funeral expenses as much as possible, having a memorial service after cremation at a San Bernardino funeral home is the best way to do this. Especially if you want a service where family members can attend.
· Traditional Funeral Service
To conduct a traditional funeral service, it will need to be done within 2-3 of passing and it also requires embalming to preserve the state of the body. This is the most common option seen at our San Bernardino funeral home as it provides family and friends with the opportunity to have a viewing/visitation before and during the funeral service. After the service is concluded, the body is transported to the crematorium to proceed with cremation.
Hopefully, this clarified the various available cremation options. Keep in mind, that while there are other types of cremation services available, they’re not embraced as often as the ones listed above.