10 Steps to Prepare for Cremation Services
Before the Cremation Decision is Made
Step One: Get informed about your cremation options. Check out the other pages in this section of our website. Click on any of the links below to explore.
Our Cremation Services
The Cremation Process
Why Choose Cremation
Step Two: Engage your family in a discussion. We urge you to bring your family into the conversation to get a better idea about how they feel about cremation and what they'd prefer in this situation.
Step Three: Speak with a funeral professional. If there are any unresolved questions or concerns, please turn to us for the insights you may need at this point in the decision-making process.
Step Four: Document your cremation intentions in writing. There are a number of forms we can provide you to take this step. Call us at (440) 942-0700 to learn more.
Step Five: Arrange for the transportation of your loved one's physical remains. We can escort them to our facility or directly to the crematory.
After Deciding on Cremation
Step Six: Consider what kind of ceremony you would like to have. You can still plan for a traditional funeral followed by the cremation but one of the benefits of choosing cremation is that you've afforded your family with the flexibility needed to plan the perfect memorial service, celebration-of-life, or scattering ceremony. Once the cremated remains are returned to your family, you can safeguard them while planning the event.
Step Seven: Ask for assistance from your extended family members or friends. When making plans for a meaningful ceremonial event, encourage everyone to get involved. Ask them to gather family photos, write down the stories they'd like to share, and talk to them about the preferred location for the event. If you would like a eulogy, this is the time to ask someone special to take on that task.
Step Eight: Select the music, prayers, or other readings. Certainly what you plan doesn't have to be at all traditional; you don't have to have any of these things. If not, you should decide exactly what you and your guests will do at this ceremonial event and make the necessary plans for those activities. We've seen families hold a dance in tribute to a loved one; others have planned a luau and asked everyone to wear colorful Hawaiian shirts. There's no better time to think outside-the-box.
Step Nine: Contact guests well ahead of time. This is especially important if they will need to travel or request time off from work.
Step Ten: Decide what will be done with the cremated remains. Commonly the urn is a visual focal point of a celebration-of-life or other cremation service. Will you take it back home with you? Will the scattering of ashes be a part of the event? Perhaps you'd like to purchase keepsake urns for a select number of guests.
Cremation Services Planning Woes? Call on Us
It's always smart to turn to the experts and in this case, we've had years of experience in helping other families to make cremation service arrangements. Never hesitate to pick up the phone to call us. We would be privileged to serve you and your family in this most important task. Simply call (440) 942-0700 to speak with one of our trusted funeral professionals.