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Cremation Services

Simply put, Cremation is the accelerated reduction of the remains to ash, through the process of heat and fire.
There are many misconceptions about cremation such as it is more environmentally friendly than traditional burial.  We urge families to consider whichever option suits them best at the time of need.  With cremation rates steadily on the rise, it begs the question "Will there still be traditional burial in 50 years?"  Each funeral is as unique as the individual so our answer is yes.  Families will continue to follow in the path of their previous generations and we will continue to serve our families to the best of our capability.
Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation.
No casket is legally required for cremation, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.
Some crematories accept metal caskets; most require the container to be combustible.

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated:
  • The remains can be stored by the family
  • You may take the remains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  • The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  • The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why People Choose Cremation

Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honor the memory of the person, not the dead body. In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation. In Canada, the rate is already over 42%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.

Other Reasons You Might Choose Cremation

  • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly. Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements
  • You have environmental concerns
  • Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode ... metal coffins and concrete vaults.
  • You want to keep the costs down
  • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.
  • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation

  • Who will do the cremation (a funeral home or a firm that specializes in direct cremation)
  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the remains
  • If you are distributing the remains
  • Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.
Also, ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea.
Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favorite lake, or on the old family farm.
Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property.
What about using the remains to create new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flowerbeds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one. If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.

Direct Cremation

In simple terms, cremation is the process of reducing the body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat.  Cremation has been practiced for thousands of years, yet only recently has become a common form of disposition in the United States.

Direct cremation is the least expensive method of final disposition.  If budgetary constraints are a strong factor, this is certainly an option to consider. 

It is important to keep in mind, however, that a funeral and memorial service help to bring a sense of closure to all who are affected by the loss.  There is complete flexibility about what is done before or after cremation.  Other pages on our web site deal with options that include cremation plus other services.

Costs associated with Direct Cremation include :

  • the local transfer of remains to the funeral home
  • staff services
  • securing of necessary authorizations
  • basic local transportation to the crematory, an alternative container for cremated remains, and return of the cremated remains to the funeral home
Additional costs would include:
  • crematory charge
  • death certificates (currently in New York State are $10 each)
  • paid obituary formats/death notices in newspapers of choice
  • urn (available in a wide variety of styles and materials) Urns serve as a beautiful memorial items to keep a loved one's memory alive.  They can be personalized with names, dates of birth and death, and can reflect the personality or hobbies of the deceased, thus commemorating the life lived.
  • urn vaults are also available.  If interment is to take place or the cremated remains are to be placed in a niche, there will be a purchase price and an opening charge to consider at the cemetery chosen.

Call on us to arrange for necessary authorizations for this type of service.  We welcome you to set up an appointment for a conference to select the arrangements preferred.  We can offer advice, as well as answer any questions you may have about cremation.  We offer compassionate, respectful service designed to meet the individual needs of you and your family.

Direct Cremation with Memorial Service

Today, cremation is becoming much more common as a method of final disposition.  Most families also hold memorial services, an important step in helping the bereaved overcome their grief, and offering family and friends the opportunity to honor a loved one.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation itself increases your choices.  It should not be looked on as a break with family or religious traditions, but rather as one part in a series of events that leads to memorialization.

Memorial services can take place at the funeral home or place of worship.  Gathering together for a service acknowledges the grief of relatives and friends by helping them feel included in the grieving process. 

Memorial items can include prayer cards, acknowledgment cards, and a register book.  Services can be done by funeral home staff, friends and family, or by clergy.  This gives loved ones the opportunity to share stories, give eulogies and otherwise reaffirm the value the deceased person had in other's lives.

Once the memorial service has been arranged, plans should be made for establishing a permanent memorial to serve as a focal point

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for remembrance.  Usually cremated remains are placed in some type of permanent receptacle (an urn), before being committed to a final resting place.  At Glenville Funeral Home, we have a complete display of urns from which you may choose, as well as some which may be seen on the "Urns" page of this website.

After the ceremony, the urn can be:

  • placed in an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium
  • interred in a family burial plot
  • interred in a special urn garden that many cemeteries provide for cremated remains

Cremated remains also may be scattered in cemetery gardens especially created and dedicated for this purpose.  Individuals whose remains have been scattered in a garden can be identified by name on a special memorial plaque, marker or artwork, or in a Book of Remembrance in a building on the cemetery grounds.

The scattering of remains also may be done at a designated geographical spot on land or water in accordance with state/provincial or local laws.  If scattering is done, it is highly advisable that a site also be chosen for a permanent memorial that will provide a place of reflection for those who want to remember and celebrate the life of the loved one.

We are dedicated to assisting you with every detail when planning a cremation and memorial service.  Our service is compassionate, respectful, and tailored to meet the needs of you and your family.

Traditional Funeral with Cremation as the Final Disposition

The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly during the past few years.  The choice of cremation in no way eliminates the

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opportunity to have a funeral.  A traditional or contemporary type of service is often planned to take place before the cremation process.

Making end-of-life arrangements involves many choices and decisions.  It is important to recognize that funerals are for the living... for those who suffer the trauma of losing a loved one.  It is helpful to consider all the options and take the time to ask questions before making a final decision about such an important event.

Cremation and the Funeral

A funeral service followed by cremation need be no different than a funeral service followed by ground burial. 

An arrangement that includes viewing is similar to a memorial service, with the addition of the body being present.  If you choose an open-casket viewing, embalming, dressing, casketing, cosmetology, and hairdressing are additional services we offer.  If cremation is to follow, a ceremonial casket can be chosen from a selection on premises.  Cremation caskets are simple in design, built with less ornamentation and made from different materials.

It is important to remember that cremation does not limit the funeral in any way.

Whatever your choice, we are here to make the experience as emotionally satisfying for you as possible.


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