For Consumers: Burial – Cremation – Embalming

Through history death and its’ finality have been recognized through varied rituals by the living survivors to recognize the life of a deceased. Religion and traditional customs have impacted the celebration of life and the related services which are rendered. Thus, a funeral service enables closure of the survivors as a remembrance regardless of the disposition of the human’s remains.

To gain a better understanding, consider the following:

  • Disposition is the term often used by the funeral service profession to describe the final handling of the deceased remains.
  • Burial is a term that incorporates optional choices such as ground/earth interred; entombed (in mausoleum or crypt) in above ground facility; or remains deposited at sea.
  • Cremation is a rapid oxidation (heat and fire) that results in remainder of ashes.
  • Embalming is a preservation process to disinfect and preserve the remains.

When a family faces the decisions of death, the funeral director is the key professional who can offer recommendations and options that can meet all family wishes. Thus, if a public visitation is desired, then the deceased should be embalmed to preserve the remains or may be placed in refrigeration. Whether a ground burial or cremation is selected it is important that some funeral service be held to enable closure by the survivors and friends of the deceased. These services may be customized to fully recognize the unique life of the individual and may range from formal church services to honor military burial to celebration of life party’s to casual ‘pay your respects’ events. Again, your funeral director will handle the details and provide step-by-step arrangements to make sure the family’s wishes are met.