For every cremation, the remains of the person to be cremated need to be put in some type of container that will go into the crematory. This does not have to be a casket. While some families, especially if there is going to be a visitation prior to the cremation, will want a casket for their loved one, we do offer what is called an Alternative Container that is used for the cremation process.
After cremation, some families would like to keep the cremains with them, while others prefer to have them buried, like a traditional burial. Depending on the wishes of the family and/or the requirements of the cemetery, one does not necessarily need to purchase an urn. Your funeral director will help you make that decision at the time of need.
Cremation urns are made of many different types of materials, from bronze and copper to stainless steel to various species of hardwood. Many urn can be personalized, therby offering a visual record of a life lived. In addition to names, birth dates, and death dates, a favorite activity, sport, or hobby, fraternal organization, or military emblem can also be engraved on the cremation urn.
Until the urn is personalized, it is just a container. After it's personalized, it serves as a permanent memorial - a lasting tribute to the life that was lived.
Keepsake urns are smaller urns that hold a portion of the cremated remains. The range in design from very simple to very detailed works of art. The concept behind the keepsake is to allow each family member to have a small amount of the cremated remains to create a personal memorial.
We also provide keepsake jewelry for our families that choose cremation. Like a cremation urn, a small amount of cremains are placed within the jewelry piece to keep your loved one close.