Many families choose
cremation services to reflect their religious or spiritual beliefs, or to honor their environmental
preferences. If you’ve decided to pre-plan your funeral, you should
be aware that there are many options for customizing cremation services.
For example, your funeral ceremony might be preceded by a traditional
visitation, or you may specify that no ceremony is to be held.
Visitation Prior to Cremation
Funeral ceremonies often include a visitation, or wake, prior to the service
and burial in the cemetery. You can choose to have an open or closed casket
visitation to allow family members and other mourners the opportunity
to say a final goodbye. Then, a funeral service could be held prior to
the act of cremation.
Ceremonial Gathering after Cremation
In some cases, it may be preferable to hold a ceremonial gathering after
cremation. You could choose to avoid having a visitation, in which case
the funeral ceremony could be held following the cremation. When a family
arranges cremation for a loved one who did not pre-plan his or her funeral,
they might select this option to accommodate distant family members who
must make travel arrangements to the
Simple Act of Cremation
Ceremonial gatherings aren’t appropriate for everyone. Many people
who pre-plan a funeral specify that they would only like to have the simple
act of cremation, without holding a visitation or ceremony of any kind.
This option is often suitable to those who do not have religious beliefs.
Options after Cremation
Following the act of cremation, there are several options a family might
choose. Some prefer to scatter the ashes, and some individuals who pre-plan
their funerals might designate specific locations where their ashes are
to be scattered. Other individuals might prefer that the ashes remain
in the family home, while others may choose urn interment in a niche at
a chapel, temple, or memorial park.
Families who choose
Valley of the Temples, a memorial park in Oahu, have many options for honoring their loved ones
with cremation ceremonies. We can help you create personalized cremation
services for your pre-planning needs or to honor the life of a loved one.
To schedule an appointment with a funeral director, call (808) 239-8811.