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Common Terms Related to Cremation Services

As you carry out the final will of your deceased loved one, you'll encounter many terms. Even if you've heard these in conversation before, you may not completely understand their meanings. Knowing the definitions of these important terms will help simplify arrangements during this difficult time.

  • Cremation - The process of using heat and pressure to reduce all of a human body into ashes as an alternative to burial. This may also involve the use of flames or another heating process.
  • Calcination - Type of cremation that involves the use of extreme heat rather than flames to prepare a body, this is an alternative to flame-based cremation.
  • Alkaline Hydrolysis - Type of cremation that uses chemicals in extremely hot water to prepare the body, also another alternative to flame-based cremation.
  • Urn - A container that holds the ashes of the deceased following a cremation. Urns may be made from metal, ceramics, wood or stone.
  • Viewing - Time period during which the deceased is laid out for friends and family to come and pay their respects. Often, the deceased is dressed in their jewelry and nice clothing and made up to look as if they are peacefully resting.
  • Memorial Service - A religious or secular gathering that celebrates the life of the deceased and allows friends and family to say goodbye, it is also called a funeral
  • Casket - A box made of metal or wood that holds the body during a viewing or memorial service. With a cremation, the casket is usually disposed of after the final arrangements since no burial takes place.
  • Cemetery - An area where bodies are interred and typically memorialized with markers, such as gravestones. A cemetery may have a building or area that houses urns.
  • Obituary - A newspaper or online announcement about a death that typically provides information about the funeral arrangements
    Cremation Association of North America
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Our association is composed of cremationists, funeral directors, funeral home operators and industry suppliers. Offering resources and information for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one.
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    Ziegenhein John L & Sons Funeral Homes
    7027 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63116
    Funeral home staffed by compassionate professionals. We offer funeral services, cremation services and anatomical donation services. Family owned & operated since 1900. Talk to us about your funeral needs.
    (314) 352-2600
    Kurrus Funeral Home
    1773 Frank Scott Pkwy W, Belleville, IL 62223
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    (618) 235-2100
    User Review: "My family has used kurrus funeral home for decades. Gus and his staff always comfort families with their warm and caring..." - Janis (MO)
    Scalf Funeral Home
    6776 Vo Tech Rd, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
    Our mortuary service provides everything you need for a respectful and beautiful service for the deceased, regardless of tradition or religious belief. We also offer cremation services, and have a memorial gift shop on site.
    (573) 358-2354
    White Funeral Home & Crematory
    196 Sale Barn Rd, Cassville, MO 65625
    White Funeral Home offers several options from Traditional Funeral Services to Cremation plans. We are the only funeral home within a sixty mile radius to own and operate our very own crematory.
    (417) 847-8400
    Rolla Cremation
    11930 County Road 2070, Rolla, MO 65401
    Cremation services include removal of the deceased within a 50 mile radius, care of the deceased, arrangement conference, and completion of legal documents. We provide complete cremation services.
    (573) 465-4243
    Preston Marsh Funeral Home
    314 S Main St, Rogersville, MO 65742
    Family owned and operated Funeral Home for over 75 years providing Traditional Funeral Services, Complete Line of Cremation Services.
    (417) 753-2828
    Hidden Valley Funeral Home
    5951 Mo-10, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
    Hidden Valley Funeral Home offers complete professional funeral and cremation services with Compassion, Integrity, and Respect for the families we serve.
    (816) 637-3000
    Boyer Funeral Homes
    313 Benham St, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
    (573) 358-2277
    Parker Funeral Service
    22 N 10th St, Columbia, MO 65201
    (573) 449-4153
    Wilson Funeral Home
    101 N Mine La Motte St, Fredericktown, MO 63645
    (573) 783-6413
    McCombs Funeral Home
    1425 Kurre Ln, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    (573) 335-2424
    McCombs Funeral Home & Cremation Center
    640 W Independence St, Jackson, MO 63755
    (573) 243-2424
    Nilson Funeral Home
    5611 E Saint Charles Rd, Columbia, MO 65202
    (573) 474-8443
    Debo Funeral Homes
    833 Court St, Fulton, MO 65251
    (573) 642-2211
    Follis & Sons Obituary Line
    700 Plaza Dr, Fredericktown, MO 63645
    (573) 783-2557

    The death of a loved one is never easy, but family members must arrange for the memorial service and burial for the deceased almost directly afterward. Since most people do not have a relationship with a mortuary prior to this situation, they must make difficult decisions in terms of dealing with the body respectfully in the midst of their grief. Many turn to cremation for this purpose, for a number of reasons that we will look at here. Cremations are usually much less expensive than the cost of a wood or metal casket and burial. There is no need to view the body or wonder about jewelry and clothing to bury with the deceased. Unlike funerals, memorial services can be scheduled at a later date to respect the needs of long distance family members who want to arrange to attend. Many also find a memorial service to be much more therapeutic than a funeral, because it celebrates the life of the deceased while allowing for grief in the death. After cremation, the ashes are released to the family from the crematorium to do as they like. While some decide to scatter the ashes in a pretty spot, others keep them in an urn in their home so they feel like the deceased are always with them. Some choose to bury the ashes in a cemetery in a similar way to the burial of a body. A cemetery can be a place to visit and arrange flowers on the grave for special occasions, which some people find helpful in dealing with their grief. Some people even use cremation for their pets so they can keep the ashes as a memento of their furry friends.
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