Cremation Options

Overview of Cremation

Before choosing cremation as a final disposition, talk to your family and be sure that they are all comfortable with this method. When choosing this for yourself in a pre-arrangement setting, ask your children and spouse what they need. Your wishes are very important but your funeral director will be working primarily with your family and their needs are also at the forefront for everyone at Harness Funeral Home. It is an old adage “Don’t plan a party you are not going to attend”.

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 funeral services, with and without visitation can be held.

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. Harness Funeral Home is able to assist in any and all of your funeral service needs, with or without cremation. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call 307-684-2251.

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.

Direct cremation is an option that is usually followed by a funeral services with an urn displayed with pictures of the deceased in the front of the funeral home or church chapel. 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. State laws vary as to when embalming becomes 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 element to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death. If there is one good thing that the deceased can provide for his or her family, it is bringing them all together to celebrate a life and to realize how much they mean to each other.

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. Harness Funeral Home allows the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:

Memorialization Options for Cremation

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 or on an already existing grave.

Scattering AND Burial of ashes – It has be become increasingly popular to scatter only a portion of the ashes and inter the remainder in a cemetery where the children of our children can go to visit. Having a modest headstone in place will give tangibility to your loved ones memory for generations to come.

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.