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Choosing between a traditional casket burial and cremation is a personal decision, but for the first time in history, cremation is now being chosen by a majority of people across the country. Regardless of why your loved one wanted to be cremated after their passing, it is really just a step in the memorialization process. At Funeral Alternatives of Washington, cremation offers just as many – if not more – options for friends and family to honor and celebrate their loved one’s life.
As with a traditional casket burial, you can hold a visitation to say your last goodbyes. You can even observe the cremation process if you wish. After cremation has taken place, you can still hold a life celebration allowing you and others to honor a life well-lived. The need for this type of service is not diminished by the decision to be cremated and allows you so many more options as to when, where, and how memorialization takes place.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the combustion and oxidation of a deceased individual into a fine ash. Cremated remains are typically buried in a cemetery (either in a plot in the ground or interred in a columbarium niche), kept in an urn by family members, or scattered on land or water. There are also a variety of unconventional ways one may “scatter” cremated remains, such as turn them into jewelry, incorporate them into an artificial underwater reef, make them into fireworks or shoot them into space, among other options.
More families are considering the use of ceremonial caskets for final goodbyes before cremation. A ceremonial casket is an eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to a traditional casket for a public viewing and visitation for family members and friends. This casket is made with an inner container to hold the body, with the outer container designed to look like a traditional casket.
Memorializing a loved one after cremation can take many forms from keeping the urn at home to scattering the ashes in a meaningful location to placing them in a cemetery. If you choose a permanent resting place in a cemetery, you have several options to choose from including ground burial, cremation gardens, memorial benches, glass front niches in mausoleums, and many more. Selecting a permanent memorial provides a place for family and friends to gather and remember a life well lived.
Whether your loved one chose to be cremated and buried, or wished to be scattered around the world, we offer full cremation services to help you remember, appreciate, and celebrate a beautiful life. For answers to your immediate questions, contact us today at (360) 523-2489.