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Cremation Services

Cremation Services

The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well. There are many options open to you when it comes to honoring your loved one's life.

“UNDERSTANDING CREMATION”

 by Kelly Baltzell M.A. & Karin Baltzell Ph.D.

  

 What is Cremation?  The word cremation means to reduce the body to ashes and bone fragments.  This occurs through the application of intense heat.  Cremation is an irreversible process.  Once this decision is made and the cremation is conducted you cannot then bury the body as it was before the cremation.

 

The service:  Just because you choose cremation does not mean you cannot have a funeral or memorial service for your loved one.  A service provides a way for people to say good-bye to the one they loved.  Some of the following are options for people who have chosen cremation.  One or all of them can be selected.

  • Visitation:  Many funeral homes offer the choice to buy a casket that was built for cremation or rent a casket for a viewing.
  • Funeral/Memorial Service:  A traditional funeral or memorial service can be held if you choose that for yourself or your loved one.  A casket can be purchased or rented for this service.  Just as in a traditional funeral, music selection, video presentation, memorial boards, choice of service location and religious services can all be used.  Family and friends are welcomed to attend.

 

After the cremation and memorial services, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:

  • Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
    • Placement In A Mausoleum:  A mausoleum or columbarium is a building where you can house cremated remains.  It is normally located on the grounds of a cemetery.  The remains are placed in an urn and generally placed in a niche on a wall.  There are multiple selections for urns available through your funeral home or mausoleum.
    • Garden Memorialization:  Companies are now providing options to build your own memorial garden in your backyard.  If you move you can take the garden with the plaque, along with the cremains, with you.
    • Placed In Burial Plot:  The remains can be placed in a family burial plot or a new burial plot can be purchased.
  • Graveside services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
  • Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
  • Some people prefer to put cremated remains (cremains) somewhere in their own home.  Usually an urn or some other container that has special meaning is used and placed on a mantel or bookshelf.
  • Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.

 

Cremation offers many alternatives when it is chosen.  Flexibility and creativity are possible, in addition to all the benefits of traditional committal when cremation is selected.


Angelus Chapel Funeral Directors and Crematory | (719) 391-1918
1104 S. Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910


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