Cremation Options

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Cremation Options

Porta Coeli Funeral Home & Crematory offers a wide variety of cremation options to choose from. Our sincere desire is to help you understand the choices and identify your preferences, so you can make an informed decision with confidence.

Understanding Cremation

Throughout history, many cultures have chosen cremation as a method of caring for the dead. In fact, cremation is still a time honored tradition in many European and Eastern countries. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular in the U.S. and Canada.

Traditional Funeral with Cremation Following

The Traditional Funeral with Cremation Following includes all of the features of a Traditional Funeral. Cremation can occur after a funeral where the casket is present at one's place of worship, the funeral chapel or any other appropriate location. The only real difference between a funeral followed by burial and one followed by cremation, is that the body is taken to the crematory after the service in lieu of a procession to the cemetery.

As is customary, the funeral may be preceded by a period of visitation or a reception at the funeral home. Following the funeral, the body is cremated in the casket or placed in a special cremation container if a rental casket was selected. After cremation, a public or private service may be arranged for the final placement of the cremated remains.

Memorial Service with Cremation Following

A Memorial Service, like a funeral, is a service of remembrance, only without the body present. It may be held at a place of worship, the funeral chapel or any other appropriate location. Your Porta Coeli funeral director will assist in planning and organizing the service, and provide the necessary staff to direct the service.

The urn may be present for the memorial service, as the casket would be for a funeral. The family may hold a visitation or reception at the funeral home with or without the presence of the urn.

Direct Cremation

Porta Coeli offers every cremation option. Among these many options is the immediate or direct cremation. Direct cremation is limited to the cremation of the body following death, with no formal funeral or memorial services.

The deceased is placed in a refrigeration unit or can be embalmed until the proper paperwork has been completed, and the necessary permits are obtained. The body is then placed in a cremation container and transported to the crematory. After the cremation process, the cremated remains are placed in an urn and ready to be buried, placed in a niche, or be taken home.

For more information on Cremation Options, or if you have questions about any of our services, feel free to call us at (407) 846-2804 or email us using our online Contact Form.

What's Next?

Now that we've given you the basics, it's time to reflect more on exactly what is appropriate for you and your family. If possible, gather everyone together to speak of their feelings and desires.

Still looking for inspiration? Speaking with a professional funeral planner will help to clarify your thinking. Reach us at (407) 846-2804.