Cremation Service Options
Cremation has come an awfully long way. Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. But these days a traditional or contemporary service of some scope is often planned before or after the cremation process. They can be elaborate or simple. Private or public. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. At McCullough Funeral Home we are cremation experts, and we operate our own onsite crematory. We can help you determine exactly what will best suit your cremation needs. Some options include, but are in no way limited to:
The Complete Cremation Service
This will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed 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.
The Immediate Cremation Service
This can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. The cremation prior to the memorial allows a great deal of flexibility in timing of the service. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. 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 embalming would be encouraged. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to the healthy recovery of a loss due to death. Even a simple, private, time of remembrance can be a big comfort.
The Direct Cremation
This refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care. The cremation takes place here, in our onsite crematory, and the cremated remains are returned to the designated recipient.
You can call us at 478-953-1478 for more information on cremation, or to schedule a tour of our facility. We have an open door policy and are glad to answer questions and help educate you about cremation and the many options it provides.