Cremation Burial Ceremony: What to Expect

Monday, April 27, 2020

More and more people today are choosing to be cremation when their lives come to an end. According to a 2016 report by the National Funeral Director's Association, that number in the United States is as high as fifty percent. The reasons for this are numerous, but no matter what the reason, the fact of the matter is that the funeral industry is changing.

When someone is cremated, there is often some question of what to do with the cremains. Some people's cremains are placed in an urn to be kept by loved ones; others wish for their ashes to be spread in a place that was meaningful to them.

Many people are unaware of a third option, however; cremains can be buried in a cemetery too, and a cremation burial ceremony can be a beautiful way to send someone off into the afterlife.

Read on to learn about cremation burial ceremonies and the ways that they are similar and different from traditional interments. You may find that this type of end-of-life ceremony is what you will want for yourself someday.

A Cremation Memorial Service

Some people don't realize that a memorial service is not just a part of a traditional in-ground burial, but that it can be a part of cremation as well. 

In fact, cremation actually gives the deceased and the family even more options than the traditional route. If an individual is being cremated, a funeral could occur with the body embalmed and on display, as in a regular wake, or the loved ones could hold a memorial service with or without the cremains present.

If the person chooses the latter options, the memorial could be held virtually anywhere. The memorial service with or without the cremains present could occur at the funeral home, in a private home, at a house of worship, at a restaurant, or at anywhere else that holds meaning for the deceased. On the other hand, a traditional wake in preparation for in-ground burial is almost always held only at a funeral home.

A Cremation Burial Ceremony

If you plan for the burial of your cremains, you have a number of options for doing so. The burial procedure and burial ceremony are exactly like a regular funeral, and your friends and family can go to the cemetery for their final goodbyes. Furthermore, having your cremains buried in a cemetery will give your loved ones a place to visit and remember you, too.

Columbarium Niche

A columbarium is an above-ground structure for cremains. It includes wall spaces, or niches, that are the correct size to house an urn. The cemetery will affix a plaque to the outside to identify the individual interred there.

An Urn Garden

Another option is burying an urn in an urn garden. These are beautifully landscaped plots that are adjacent to traditional sections. A marker or headstone will mark the grave.

A Plot

Many people choose to buy a regular cemetery plot and have their urn buried in it. Because urns are much smaller than a casket, some cemeteries will allow more than one urn in a single plot, allowing families to be interred together. Often, an urn vault is also required to further support the soil above and around the urn. 

Rest in Peace

No matter which of the above options you choose for your cremains, a cremation burial ceremony can be a wonderful combination of the type of traditional burial you have always imagined you might have and the modern choice of cremation. It's certainly something to consider.

If you are want to find more about your options for cremation and burial in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, we are here to answer any questions you might have along the way. Please contact us today.

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