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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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    Lord & Stephens Funeral Homes
    4355 Lexington Rd, Athens, GA 30605
    This place has been a resource during times of sorrow for the local community. As a family owned and family operated funeral home, we provide families with trusted professional services to ensure they can greave in peace.
    (706) 546-1587
    Bernstein Funeral Home
    3195 Atlanta Hwy, Athens, GA 30606
    This is a full service funeral home and cremation service. We offer caskets, urns, vaults, and grave markers for funerals and cremations. We do preneed arrangements and package plans.
    (706) 543-7373
    South Carolina Cremation Society
    138 Corley Mill Rd, Lexington, SC 29072
    The South Carolina Cremation Society was founded with two principles in mind: inexpensive and simple. The South Carolina Cremation Society is for South Carolinians who know they want cremation.
    (855) 552-8586
    Thomas McAfee Funeral Home
    639 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 232-6733
    Clark's Funeral Home
    300 Perry Ave, Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 232-7211
    Webb's-Settles Funeral Home Inc
    552 W Washington St, Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 232-6435
    The Brown Funeral Home
    506 Arlington Ave, Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 282-2327
    B-Dry Waterproofing & Foundation Repair
    Greenville, SC 29608
    (864) 365-6566
    McAfee Thomas Funeral Home
    6710 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611
    (864) 294-6415
    Graceland Mortuary
    4814 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611
    (864) 295-6878
    Westville Funerals and Cremations
    6010 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611
    (864) 269-5073
    Woodlawn Funeral Home
    1 Pine Knoll Dr, Greenville, SC 29609
    (864) 244-0978
    Watkins-Garrett and Woods Mortuary
    1011 Augusta St, Greenville, SC 29605
    (864) 242-1144
    Cremation Society of South Carolina
    328 Dupont Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
    (864) 233-7334
    MacKey Mortuary Funerals and C
    311 Century Dr, Greenville, SC 29607
    (864) 232-6706

    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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