| Cremation is widely accepted within many religions and often chosen
by the families we serve. Cremation reduces a decedent to his or her
natural elements at an extremely high temperature, quickly and without
chemicals. Cremation also relieves stressful time factors, since the
process allows gathering and services to be held at any time.
You may choose to scatter the cremated remains (ashes), place
portions in miniature keepsakes or pieces of jewelry for yourself and
loved ones, hold the remains in an urn, or a combination of these
options. With any of these choices, it is important to establish a
permanent place of remembrance so that friends, family and future
generations can pay tribute to a past life. There are many options from
which to choose when selecting a final resting place for your loved
one—or yourself—including cremation niches, columbaria, special garden
areas, personalized granite pedestals, unique benches, private family
estates, ground burial or aboveground entombment.
A cremation garden is an area
designed especially to protect and memorialize cremated remains. The
garden can be a simple area or a more elaborate landscape that features a
variety of cremation memorial options, including many of those listed
private family area or structure is an option whether you choose
cremation or burial. Family niche units allow family members to be
together in a shared area, often bordered by special landscaping or
architectural elements. A family mausoleum can accommodate both
cremation urns and casketed entombment.
A columbarium is a specially designed
structure comprising multiple cremation niches (small compartments) that
hold cremated remains sheltered in an urn. A columbarium may be an
entire building, part of another structure or situated in an outdoor
setting such as a cremation garden area.
Glass-front niches offer a
unique and tasteful way to pay special tribute and preserve precious
memories. The clear-glass facing allows visitors to view special
keepsakes, photos and personal memorabilia in remembrance of a loved
memorials are designed especially for families or individuals who choose
cremation and prefer ground burial. An urn fits directly into the
tamperproof bronze memorial. Companion ground-burial options are
available even when one spouse chooses traditional burial and the other,
and pedestals provide a desirable alternative for sheltering cremated
remains in a peaceful outdoor setting. There are many designs that
represent a personal way to commemorate the life of a loved one.
(Disclaimer: The photos on this page are examples of what you will find at most cemeteries and might not accurately reflect this property.)