There has been a dramatic increase in families choosing cremation as an alternative to traditional burial. Cremation has become a legitimate option to ground burial for a number of reasons, including such factors as people living longer and migrating to retirement areas, ties to tradition are weakening, and religious objections have diminished.
Even so, cremation is not for everyone, and we urge you to carefully consider all of your options to ensure that you are making the right choice for you and your family. Only you can ultimately decide whether or not cremation is the right choice for you -- but our Family Care Advisors are available to provide you with the necessary information to help you with that very personal choice.
Once you select cremation, the process generally flows based on the following:
-- Arrangement conference
-- The actual cremation process
-- Delivery of cremated remains
-- Memorialization and optional ceremonies
-- Final disposition
Unlike traditional ground burial when a body is present, there doesn't have to be a strict observance to the order of the events listed above. For instance, a memorial service may be held following the final disposition.
In any event, if you choose cremation, please keep in mind that it is distinctly non-traditional, so you really shouldn't compare cremation to more traditional services. When planning cremation, we advise you to carefully confirm your expectations with the provider of the services to ensure that there are no gaps between what you expect and those services that you actually receive. Again, your Family Care Advisor at Arlington can provide you with that information and can walk you through all the necessary steps to pave the way for a more seamless process.
At Arlington, we have many choices in how you can arrange for a permanent remembrance following a cremation -- which is, after all, the lasting tribute of a life that has been lived. There are eight distinct options ranging from scattering of the cremated remains to inurnment in niches above and below the ground, to burial in a grave space. Your Family Care Advisor will be glad to review all of those options with you and can provide helpful insights and advice to assist you in making this important decision.
To decide whether cremation is the right choice for you and your family, please contact The Arlington Memorial Gardens at 513-521-7003.