Funerals fill an important role for those mourning the loss of a loved one. By providing surviving family and friends with an atmosphere of care and support in which to share thoughts and feelings about death, funerals are the first step in the healing process. It is the traditional way to recognize the finality of death. Funerals are recognized rituals for the living to show their respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grieving process.
You can have a full funeral service even for those choosing cremation. Planning a personalized ceremony or service will help begin the healing process. Overcoming the pain is never easy, but a meaningful funeral or tribute will help.
Many grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the activity is voluntary.
The Federal Trade Commission says, "Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law." Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing.
Cremains can be interred in a cemetery plot, retained by a family member, usually in an urn, or scattered at a place that was significant to the deceased. Cremains can be scattered anywhere in New York State except in a cemetery.
Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision.
You might choose ground burial of the urn. Cremation niches in columbariums are also available at many cemeteries. They offer the beauty of a mausoleum setting with the benefits of above ground placement of remains.
Yes, if you wish to have your ashes scattered somewhere, it is important to discuss your wishes ahead of time with the person or persons who will be left in charge of your final arrangements. Funeral directors can also be very helpful in creating a meaningful and personal ash scattering ceremony that they will customize to fit your families specific desires. Scattering services can be public or private.
Yes — Depending upon the cemetery's policy, you may be buried on top of the casketed remains of your spouse, or utilize the space provided next to him/her. Many cemeteries allow for multiple cremated remains to be interred in a single grave space.