Cremation has gained in popularity in recent years, surpassing traditional burial as the most popular choice for paying tribute to a lost loved one. Cremation services in Richmond, TX have evolved with the growing demand, and at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries our cremation program is as involved and all-inclusive as our funeral services. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about cremation services.
How Does Cremation Work?
Cremation is the process of using high heat to break down a body into ashes that can be buried, stored, or scattered. Using a powerful oven known as a cremator that burns up to 1800 degrees fahrenheit, the process breaks down organic remains and leaves only the mineral content of the bones, known as bone ash. Those ashes are then stored in a cremation container and returned to the loved one before the final memorial plans.
What If I Want to Arrange the Memorial Services Independently?
Cremation gives people a lot more freedom to plan services at their pace, which is why our basic cremation services are popular. This program is arranged through our funeral director and is ideal for anyone who needs cremation done in a hurry. The cremation is performed, and you receive the ashes in one of our basic cremation containers. You can choose to have the ashes transferred to one of our artisan urns when you purchase one, or keep the ashes as they are until scattering.
Can I Combine Cremation With a Funeral?
One of the biggest changes in cremation services in recent years is that more people are choosing to have a full memorial service before or after the cremation. If you choose, you can book a full memorial package with us. We offer a selection of cremation vaults ideal for interring remains in a burial plot or in one of our mausoleums, or you can take the ashes home in an artisan urn or in one of our specialized memorial options.
What Are Some Creative Uses for Cremation Ashes?
In addition to keeping ashes in a centerpiece urn, some people prefer to split the ashes among multiple family members in smaller urns or in vials or pendants that can be worn on the person. Cremation ashes are sterile, and can be mixed into any number of substances to create a unique memorial. These include paint, fireworks, or even tattoo ink under the supervision of a specialist. If you prefer your loved one’s remains to stay at our gardens, our cremation bench program houses the ashes in a dedicated bench in our gardens.
What Do I Need to Know About Scattering Ashes?
Cremation ashes are sterile, safe for scattering, and legal to scatter in most jurisdictions. If you’re interested in holding a scattering ceremony after cremation, we offer a selection of scattering urns designed for a controlled release to avoid accidental spillage, but it’s possible to scatter with any urn. If you’re interested in scattering ashes on a private location, consult with the property owner to set up a possible private ceremony.
If you think cremation services in Richmond, TX are right for your loved one’s farewell, the first step is to contact Davis Greenlawn Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries to set up a consultation. Visit us at our offices of contact us on our website or by phone today.