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The choice to utilize the process of cremation is a personal one based on many factors, including, but not exclusive to, a person’s own religious beliefs or the wishes of the deceased. Most people are familiar with the process of burial. Often, questions arise about cremation.

Cremation is a process of reducing human remains to bone fragments through the application of intense heat. The process takes from two to three hours to complete. At that time the body has been transformed to a state of small skeletal fragments and fine ash. The cremated remains of an adult usually weigh about seven pounds.

This decision is usually influenced by the type and style of memorialization desired by the next of kin. Cremains may be placed in some form of permanent receptacle or urn before being committed to any final resting place. The family may choose to have the urn present for memorial services, then the desired final disposition may take place. Some families decide that they be interred in a family plot, or memorial niche with a marker or headstone to mark the site. Where it is permitted by law, cremated remains may be scattered over land or water. This decision is of course an irreversible one and should be considered very carefully as the emotional impact of not having a permanent memorial site may bring regret. The act of planting a tree or favorite flower in a significant place may serve as a memorial to the deceased. The emotional value of having a permanent memorial site is well worth careful consideration.

The choice of Cremation quite often is misunderstood as being void of ceremony and memorialization. The costs related to both forms of final disposition are reflected purely by the services chosen at the time of need. If there are to be calling hours, a funeral or memorial service followed by some type of interment, the expenses are similar. Of course immediate burial or direct cremation is always an option. Jerry Taylor owner and funeral director of Taylor Funeral Homes is always available and willing to provide you with information pertaining to all of the available options and costs. He can also explain the legal requirements and assist you in your decision making process.

It is just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket. Following the viewing, service and or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

It is arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home, or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death, embalming will not be necessary. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.

Feel free to contact Taylor Funeral Homes any time if you have questions or concerns about cremation. Funeral Director Jerry Taylor will offer you helpful details about the cremation process and explain the various cremation options available to you and your family. We can be reached in Louisville 478-625-7761 in Gibson 706-598-2301 and at Waynesboro 706-551-5100 at any time of day or night or feel free to stop by the funeral home, ask questions, and get acquainted.

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