Cremation is a process during which human remains are reduced to their original elements by the application of intense heat. The body must be enclosed in some type of container when delivered to the crematory, typically a cremation container.
Contrary to popular belief, cremation does not drastically limit the choices of final disposition. Therefore, the choice of cremation does not eliminate a funeral service. As a matter of fact, funeral services with cremated remains are very similar to traditional funeral services. Following the funeral service and cremation, the cremated remains are usually placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremation urn may be interred in an existing family burial plot, interred in a special cremation section at a cemetery or placed in an indoor or outdoor cemetery columbarium.
While there is no law in Pennsylvania regarding the scattering of cremated remains, we recommend checking the local ordinances with the proper authorities before doing so. Discretion is advised when choosing a designated place to scatter cremated remains. We also recommend obtaining permission to scatter on someone's private property. For many people, it is important to have a permanent place to go to visit. Therefore, it is not recommended to scatter on your personal property (should your home be sold) or on public property where others may come into contact with the cremated remains.
Can there be funeral services or ceremonies if cremation is chosen?
Again, cremation does not limit the options available for final disposition. The options for ceremonies prior to or following the cremation can be tailored to include the selection of a casket or an urn, a display of photographs or personal effects and awards, visitation with the body present (or memorial visitation where the urn is the focal point) and the location of the funeral ceremony and selection of music.
Personalized / Unique
A memorial celebrates a life lived, and can take many forms. Increasingly, we find individuals want to create a memorial that reflects a more personalized and meaningful tribute. All of our services can be customized to meet a family's needs or wishes. Our staff is always available to help you plan and design a memorial that fully reflects your wishes. Also, they will make sure that any memorial you choose meets all your specifications.
Many families believe costs may restrict them from planning a fitting tribute, but Ralph Schugar Chapel believes that every funeral service should be a memorable, warm reflection of the person who has died regardless of cost. Our services can incorporate photographs, a special song, even a favorite tie or golf clubs, to make the funeral service more meaningful. You tell us what it is that made your loved one so special and we'll give you ideas for personalizing the service. Whatever your wishes, our staff will be pleased to give you full details about our products and services, and help you make your decision.
People who prefer not to have any service or gathering can contact the funeral director for removal of the deceased and immediate cremation. Then it is necessary to review with your funeral director administrative requirements and all other details.