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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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    Miller Funeral Home
    507 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
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    (605) 336-2640
    User Review: "Having just lost my husband, I had no idea of what I really wanted in the way of funeral arrangements but miller walked me..."
    Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home
    1111 S Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
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    (605) 225-8223
    User Review: "They say they have cremation facilities. They do not. They take my father to another crematory in town. One I would never..."
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc
    2901 Douglas Ave, Yankton, SD 57078
    (605) 665-3644
    Kirk Funeral Home
    1051 E Minnesota St, Rapid City, SD 57701
    (605) 343-4808
    Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel a
    450 N 7th St, Spearfish, SD 57783
    (605) 642-2633
    Black Hills Funeral Home & Cremation Services
    1440 Junction Ave, Sturgis, SD 57785
    (605) 347-2522
    Heritage Funeral Home
    4800 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57108
    (605) 334-9640
    Behrens Wilson Funeral Home
    632 Saint Francis St, Rapid City, SD 57701
    (605) 343-0145
    Boom George Funeral Home
    3408 E 10th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
    (605) 336-1454
    Johnson-Henry Funeral Chapel
    225 Main Ave, Brookings, SD 57006
    (605) 697-6313
    Eidsness Funeral Home
    1617 Orchard Dr, Brookings, SD 57006
    (605) 692-6384
    Hills of Rest Memorial Park Wildwood Mausoleum and
    300 N Chapel Hill Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
    (605) 338-6551
    Schriver's Memorial Mortuary &
    414 5th Ave Nw, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    (605) 225-0691
    Chapel Hill Funeral Home & Crematory
    901 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    (605) 335-2286
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel & Crematory
    1235 Junction Ave, Sturgis, SD 57785
    (605) 347-3336

    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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