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Cremation is most often done in conjunction with other funeral services. When is comes to the personal choice of cremation, some elect to have their remains buried in a cemetery while others choose to be scattered in a special place in nature that carries special significance to the departed. Still others are kept in the home of a family member or loved one.
If a loved one’s wishes regarding cremation are not clearly defined at the time of death, Dominick will assist families in exploring the best option for them.
Even when cremation is chosen, families often elect to have funeral services held so that family and friends can come together and say goodbye to their loved one. A visitation (viewing) and/or funeral service can take place prior to cremation just as it would when planning a traditional burial funeral. The funeral ceremony can take place at the funeral home, or at the family’s place of worship.
Burial of the cremated remains, if desired, must take place at a later date, after the cremation process is completed. This committal service may be public or private depending on family preferences.
Immediate cremation includes no ceremonies or rites. It may take place only after obtaining a signed death certificate from the attending physician along with a signed authorization from the next of kin, or authorized agent of the deceased. In the State of Pennsylvania there is a twenty-four hour waiting period after the time of death before cremation can be performed since cremation is irreversible. Dominick will take care of the required paperwork and handle all of the arrangements with the appropriate agencies, including coordinating veterans benefits.
This choice includes cremation taking place prior to the service. After cremation has occurred, friends and family can gather at a visitation and memorial service designed specifically for their needs. Then a reception, a scattering of ashes or an interment ceremony at a cemetery can be held.
Should families choose to keep some or all of the ashes as a keepsake, there are many options of urns and receptacles to choose from. Our selection process allows families to get together and explore ways to personalize cremation services and choose appropriate receptacles for their loved one. Keepsakes for remains and memorial jewelry (like Thumbies) are also available in many options.