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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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    Agape Pet Services
    19712 Shepherdstown Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713
    Agape Pet Services offers trustworthy crematory services that handle your pet's remains with the care and respect they deserve. We honor your requests by handling this difficult time in a courteous.
    (301) 432-0431
    Jones Funeral Home and Crematory
    228 South Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, VA 22601
    The Jones family has served Winchester and surrounding areas since 1922. We have a strong sense of service for our community which the Jones family has been members of for almost 200 years.
    (540) 662-2523
    Hartzler Funeral Home PA
    310 Church St, New Windsor, MD 21776
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    (410) 635-2000
    User Review: "The staff was rude and I had a hard time ordering flower from local florist,3 flower shops told me they wont deliver there..." - sean (MD)
    Jones Funeral Home
    1222 13th Ave, Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 942-2661
    Krish Stanley J Funeral Home Inc
    1204 17th St, Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 942-4625
    Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc
    719 N 4th Ave, Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 942-4555
    The Good Funeral Home Inc
    108 Alto Reste Park, Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 942-3545
    Axe Leslie E Funeral Home
    1520 4th St, Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 944-9445
    Smith E Merrill Funeral Home Inc
    2309 Broad Ave, Altoona, PA 16601
    (814) 944-9755
    Good's Funeral Parlor
    328 5th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 943-2521
    Santella Funeral Home
    1106 8th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 943-0971
    Scaglione Anthony P Funeral Home
    1908 7th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 943-3923
    Gilden Barton Funeral Home
    1401 9th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 944-4016
    The Stevens Mortuary Inc
    1421 8th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 944-9365
    Bigelow William G II Funeral Home
    1701 6th Ave, Altoona, PA 16602
    (814) 944-7347

    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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