Do you have a loved one who asked to be cremated at the time of their death? If so, you might be under the impression that their cremation has to take the place of a traditional funeral. But this couldn’t be further from the truth! Even if a person requested to utilize cremation services in Macclenny, FL, you can—and quite frankly, should—still hold some kind of funeral service for them.
There are some families that choose to hold direct cremations for their family members when they die. Direct cremations are when a person is cremated without any kind of funeral service before or after their cremation. But you also have the option of holding any number of other funeral services for a person who wanted to be cremated. Take a look at some of the funeral services you can hold for someone who chose cremation.
A viewing and a funeral before cremation
Not everyone realizes this, but a person who is going to be cremated can have the same exact type of Macclenny, FL funeral services that a person who is going to be buried would have if their family wants. You can arrange to have a viewing as well as a traditional funeral with your loved one’s body present before sending the body off to be cremated. There are some people who choose to go this route for religious reasons and others who pick it so that they can give their loved one the tribute they deserve. Either way, you should know that you have every right to hold traditional funeral services for someone who will ultimately be cremated.
A memorial service after a cremation
If you want to have your loved one cremated before you hold any type of funeral services, you have the power to do that, too. Some families will decide to have their loved ones cremated and then bring their remains to a funeral home for a memorial service. This memorial service can be very formal and include a series of prayers and songs. It can also be more informal and include family members and friends of the deceased sharing their memories about them. Families can choose to customize a memorial service, too, if they desire.
A celebration of life ceremony after a cremation
There are more and more families choosing to cremate their loved ones and then celebrate them later on during a celebration of life ceremony. In many cases, this ceremony is held at a family member’s home, a restaurant, or another place as opposed to inside a funeral home. The ceremony is also a whole lot less formal than a funeral or even a memorial service. Celebration of life ceremonies are meant to be festive and often include music, laughter, and a party-like atmosphere. The thought is that it’s better for some families to celebrate their loved one’s life instead of simply mourning their death.
If you’ve never planned out cremation services for a loved one, you might not know where to start. Ferreira Funeral Services can guide you through the process when you visit our Macclenny, FL funeral home for assistance. Give us a call at (904) 259-5700 to hear about your options or come and start planning your loved one’s cremation services at 250 N Lowder St, Macclenny, FL 32063.