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Cremation Options

Cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options.

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 the 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 can be memorialized in many ways.

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. They can be elaborate or simple and 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. Macy & Son Funeral Directors is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call (503) 472-6151.

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. 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. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

The Immediate Cremation Service 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. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing could not be done within 48 hours then embalming may be required. 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 of a loss due to a death.

A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.

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, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Macy & Son Funeral Directors allows 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.

Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.

Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.

Personalized Memorialization – Inscribe your family member’s name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We also have custom, unique urns and keepsakes, perfect for displaying inside your home. For an overview of these items, please visit our merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.

Cremation Arrangement Packages:

Traditional Cremation Funeral Service with Viewing

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, coordination and direction of funeral ceremony, supervision and attendants for visitation periods, embalming of remains, dressing, casketing and cosmetology of remains, use of facilities for funeral service, visitation room, automotive equipment (within 50-mile radius), transfer of remains to funeral home, use of Macy and Son crematory, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Graveside/Cryptside Service

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, coordination and direction of funeral ceremony, supervision and attendants for visitation periods, transfer of remains to funeral home within a 50-mile radius, embalming of remains, dressing, casketing and cosmetology of remains, use of facilities for visitation, use of Macy and Son crematory, automotive equipment (within 50-mile radius), and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Direct Cremation with Memorial Service in Chapel, Church, or other Facility without Viewing

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, coordination and direction of memorial service, minimum sanitation and care of remains, use of facilities for memorial service, preparation/holding room (includes refrigeration), automotive equipment (within 50-mile radius), transfer of remains to funeral home, use of Macy and Son crematory, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Direct Cremation with Graveside Service without Viewing

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, coordination and direction of graveside service, use of Macy and Son crematory, preparation/holding room (includes refrigeration), automotive equipment (within 50-mile radius), transfer of remains to funeral home, delivery to cemetery, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Family Identification Package

Includes minimum services of funeral director and staff, transfer of remains to funeral home within a 50-mile radius, refrigeration, washing and disinfecting of remains, dressing, casketing, setting of features, 1 hour of private scheduled viewing time, Minimum Cremation Container, use of Macy and Son crematory, and coordination of obituary notice in newspapers.

Direct Cremation

Our direct cremation (without ceremony) includes:

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