The number of people choosing cremation has increased in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged. Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory assures you that your loved one is safe in our care. It is important for families to know that the cremation process takes place at our own on-site crematory conducted and monitored by our licensed funeral directors, assuring you the highest level of respect, care, and accountability. Because we complete the cremation process on-site, we are able to accommodate family's needs and desires for service. This is a true benefit to families that are traveling a great distance, or may be under time constraints. At Major Erickson, we pledge you peace of mind and strive to offer convenience during a difficult time.
Contrary to what some believe, cremation does not limit choice, 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. 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. Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory is able to assist you in making the decision that best satisfies your needs.
- The Complete Cremation Service
The complete cremation service 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, 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, placed in a columbarium niche, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Some families may choose to put a small amount of the cremated remains inside a keepsake urn, pendent or jewelry. 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
- Cremation and Memorial Services
The memorial service is a gathering where the body is not present. Some families will choose to have cremation take place after visitation and have a memorial service to follow. This may allow for final disposition of the cremated remains on the same day. Others may choose to not have the body present during the visitation, but would prefer a memorial gathering. This still allows closure and the comfort of family and friends. Most often, cremated remains are present during the service or gathering in an urn. Urns come in many styles and reflect varied artistic forms. With a variety to choose from, families can find something reflective of their lifestyle, faith, or beliefs. As with contemporary funerals, framed photographs, picture boards, DVD tributes, memorabilia, celebration of life candle, and other personal effects are often displayed as part of the memorial service and/or gathering.
- Direct or Simple Cremation Only
People who prefer not to have any service or gathering can contact the Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory for transportation of the deceased from the place of death and the cremation. Although direct or simple cremation without any type of gathering or service is an option, some people later regret this decision because it ignores the need for closure. Some people do not like the idea of viewing, but can see the value in a gathering of family and close personal friends to talk, reminisce and support each other. Our staff will assist you in explaining this option.
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