Cremation - An Introduction

Although cremation dates back to ancient times, it has only recently become a more common choice through the U.S. and Canada.  People choose cremation for a variety of reasons.  Some do so based on environmental considerations, or philosophical or religious reasons.  Still others choose cremation because they feel it is simpler and less complicated. Keeping in mind geography and family mobility, some choose cremation because of Memorialization flexibility.  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 so your wishes will be honored.  Now is the perfect time to start.  The greatest misunderstanding about cremation is the belief that with cremation, there is no need for a service.  However, a funeral or memorial ceremony is an important step in helping overcome grief, offers family and friends the opportunity to support one another, to honor a loved one, and begin the healing process.  After working with families for decades, we strongly believe that ceremony and memorialization are vital to grief recovery.  We offer numerous options, so each family selects what is meaningful and beneficial to them.  We’re here to help you with any questions you may have regarding this important decision. 

A Variety of Options

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before the cremation process and 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 person 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. Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center is able to assist in any and all of your Service needs. To obtain more information call 989-893-6583.

The Complete Cremation Service is just like a complete funeral service except cremation will follow instead of 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. See: Burial Services

Memorial Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body and is followed by a memorial service at the funeral home, church, or other location. A memorial service is one where the body is not present.  Typically, cremation has already taken place and the urn is present as a focal point at the service.  Sharing of stories, eulogies, readings, and music help reaffirm the value of the deceased person. In addition, personal objects, photos, and flowers help create a memorable event. See: Cremation Merchandise

Family Gathering Service is a gathering of family members within a few hours after death to view the body and support one another in a private setting.  This coming together acknowledges the grief of relatives and helps them feel included in the grieving process. The cremation process follows and the urn can be buried, placed in a niche at a columbarium, kept at home, or placed in a garden. Some families scatter the cremated remains or place a small amount of cremated remains in special jewelry as personal keepsakes.  For more ideas, ask us or visit keepsakes and cremation merchandise.

A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided without any gathering or farewell.

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 remembering a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Trahan Funeral Chapel & Prearrangement Center can assist with the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:

Memorialization Options for Cremation

Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site or specially-designed monuments. 

Outdoor Niches –Cremated remains may be safely held in an above-ground columbarium niche.

Scattering – Cremated remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.  We have biodegradable and scattering urns designed for this purpose. 

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 unique urns and cremation jewelry keepsakes, personalized for you. For an overview of these items, please visit our Cremation Merchandise page us directly and we will help you with your needs.