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. Valley Memorial Park Funeral Home is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services call (503) 648-5444.
The Traditional" Funeral & Cremation Service can be just like a "Traditional" Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of casket 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 or ashes. 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 or "Direct" Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but many times is followed by a personalized memorial service or "tribute" at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is generally one where the body is not present. If you select an immediate cremation, you may or may not want to privately view the body prior to cremation. 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 either refrigeration or embalming would be necessary. Viewing of the deceased is a very personal decision and can be an important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of memorial service, "tribute" 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, filing necessary documents and cremation with the ashes returned to your family in a temporary transport urn. This is our most reasonably priced cremation service.
Importance of Permanent 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. Sometimes families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home for awhile, or to scatter the remains over land or water. These are a few of the permanent memorials for cremated remains offered at Valley Memorial Park:
Memorialization Options for Cremation:
OUTDOOR NICHES - The ashes may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches.
SCATTERING – ashes may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. We can also facilitate scattering at sea or even among 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 personalized memorial. We also offer numerous custom, unique urns and keepsakes. At Valley Memorial Park, your imagination and individual preference can be accommodated. For an overview of these items or further discussion, please visit our office or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.