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What If I Want a Memorial Service With Cremation

Published: March 6, 2020 by P. Savage, CFSP

What If I Want A Memorial Service With Cremation?

March 6, 2020

Not many people know the difference between a funeral and memorial service. With a funeral, the body is traditionally present and the casket takes center stage. A memorial, on the other hand, offers friends and family members more flexibility since the body does not need to be present. Those who choose cremation over burial traditionally hold a memorial in honor of their loved ones. 

Savage Family, Funeral & Cremation providers is our area’s leading provider in cremation. At our facility, we offer grieving families the opportunity to remember a loved one through cremation and memorial planning. Here is what to consider when planning a memorial service. As you read through this list, keep in mind that any of these can be personalized based on the life that person led. This can help make the event even more meaningful. 

We help families keep costs down by using Rental Caskets, which provide options for a family that would still like to hold calling hours with a final viewing.

Event timing: Since the body does not need to be present, there are fewer limitations on the location or time of the service. For example, you can hold a memorial several weeks after the body has been cremated so family members who live further away can make arrangements to be present. 
Display: Though you can decide whether the cremated remains are present at the service, some families like to display them on an altar with photos and special mementos from their life. 
Written and spoken words: Obituaries are a timeless tradition, allowing the local community to know when someone has passed and where the memorial will be held. Eulogies, on the other hand, are spoken works celebrating the life of the deceased. Both are wonderful ways in which to say a meaningful goodbye. Both obituaries and eulogies can be used to say goodbye. 
Music: To set the mood and provide comfort to mourners, memorial events rely on music. You may want to create a complete playlist of songs the deceased enjoyed or music that reflects their interests and personality. If preferred, close family members can sing or play instruments during the service. 
Other media: There are many forms of media, such as video compilations or slideshows, that allow memorial attendees to relive special moments in the life of the deceased. Try to pair fun and meaningful photos and videos together. Best of all, these compilations can be digitized and shared among friends and relatives afterward. 

A memorial service can be stressful and emotional, so an itinerary may help each person understand their roles, such as speakers and musicians. Make sure everyone is on the same page about their portion so the even can run as smoothly as possible. 

Reach Out To the Savage Family

At Savage Funeral Service, our staff offers three Life Celebration services for residents of New Milford, Hallstead, Great Bend, Montrose, and the surrounding areas. Each area is designed to create a memorable experience to honor the life of your loved one. From cremation urns and jewelry to pre-planning cremation services, our goal is to make preparations simple during this difficult time. Contact one of our directors at our 24-hour answering service today. We have been serving clients in New Milford since 1983.

Funeral Services

A funeral service is a special time for family and friends to comfort one another, begin to find healing and celebrate a life well lived. Whether you choose burial or cremation, you can hold a funeral service to honor your loved one. We are happy to provide a traditional funeral or something completely unique. Many cultures and religions have special funeral traditions and we will do our best to accommodate your requests. This is a moment for you and your family and we are honored to help you in any way that we can.

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Memorial Services

Just like a funeral service, a memorial service is a time to remember your loved one. This can be held shortly after death or weeks later, with or without an urn present. What’s important is that it creates a time and a place for family and friends to gather together and support one another, share memories and pay their respects. We can hold a memorial service at our funeral home, the final resting place or at your home. 

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A casket burial is a traditional service and there are many options you can choose from. We can provide an immediate burial without a public service; a visitation, viewing or wake with a closed or open casket; a funeral service at our funeral home, church or private home and a graveside service at a cemetery. You can choose whether you’d like a public or private service or a combination. It is entirely up to you how you wish to pay your respects. 

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Cremation has become a popular option for many people because it can be more flexible as to where and when you hold a service. You can have a traditional funeral service before a cremation or a memorial service at any time with or without the urn present. You can keep the urn, scatter the ashes or have the urn buried in a grave or columbarium where we can hold a service. Whether you choose burial or cremation, we’re here to offer you a meaningful ceremony.

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