• Cremation Service

Some people prefer to have their remains cremated rather than buried. This requires the body to be placed in a special crematorium oven where the remains are reduced to ashes. In the 1970's, only about one in 20 had their bodies cremated. Today, it's up to over 25%.

As with burial, a cremation can have a full service. One option is to have a viewing and then after the service is completed, the cremation takes place. There are special cremation caskets for just this purpose.

Of course, when a cremation has taken place, a memorial service can still be done. One option is to have an urn with the ashes present. This reduces the anxiety that can occasionally be felt by some people that are uncomfortable being in the presence of a dead body.

And finally, a cremation does not have to be accompanied by a service at all. A choice some people make is to seek to spare families the possible anguish and expense associate with a service.

When cremation is done, there are of course ashes. Many people like to keep those ashes near a photo of their passed loved one as a reminder. In some cases the ashes are split up amongst different family members. In other cases, as with a body, ashes are buried or put in a mausoleum or a columbarium. Yet one other option is to spread the ashes. This is sometimes done at a favorite location, the woods and sometimes even, out at sea. Smith - Taylor-Ruggiero Funeral Home can assist you on this endeavor should a boat be necessary.