Services Before Cremation

Posted on September 9, 2019 by Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home Ltd. under cremation
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Many people think of cremation services in Charleston, IL as something that happens soon after a person passes away. Then, there are memorial services and/or ash scatterings after. That is actually called direct cremation and while it is popular, it’s not the only option where cremation is concerned. The cremation process itself is the same, but the timeline of the process can vary. While some people go into cremation right away without any services, which is called direct cremation, others have services first and then go into cremation.

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When you decide to have cremation done, either for a loved one or for yourself as part of the pre-plans, you might want the best of both worlds. There are definite advantages to cremation and you get a lot of versatility with that option. However, you might also feel your family would take comfort in traditions. You don’t want them to miss out on a traditional funeral or a chance to say goodbye at a visitation.

Those services are quite possible, even with cremation as part of the process. You simply have the services first, within a few days of your death, and then go into the cremation part of the process. Most families start with a visitation and they can use a rented casket for that since you won’t need one permanently. There’s no use in buying a casket you won’t use for more than a few hours. You can save money in renting and pass more along to your family.

Once the visitation is concluded, you can have a funeral service right after or the day following the visitation. These funerals can feel like any other funeral with readings, songs, eulogies, and the regular elements that go into these services. The only big difference is that after the funeral service concludes, the guests won’t process to the cemetery for a short burial ceremony. At that point, the services would stall or your family would go to a reception to spend more time together.

After the cremation process is complete, your family will receive your ashes either in an urn of their choosing or a simple container provided be the funeral home. At that point, they might want to have a smaller memorial service for you or perhaps an ash scattering ceremony, depending on what you wanted or what they feel comfortable doing. They are able to give you a final resting place that is different from a traditional burial.

These are a few of the things you could do with cremation services in Charleston, IL if you decide to have services before the cremation process takes place. The professionals at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home Ltd can help you with those details when you call (217) 234-8828. We’re happy to orchestrate direct cremations and cremations with services prior to the process. We want your pre-plans, or your plans for your loved one to be everything you want them to be. You can visit with us in person at 1200 Wabash Ave Mattoon, IL 61938 to get things in order.

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