If you have currently suffered a loss and are not sure where to begin, Scotts’s Chapel Hill Mortuary can help you every step of the way in the funeral planning process. W e have several resources available on this website to help you, and we are only a phone call away. Visit Getting Started to read our checklist of all pertinent details that will need to be addressed before you make an appointment with us.
The advantage of choosing a traditional funeral is that it’s easiest to arrange, as it follows a pattern so families know what to expect. There are a lot of organizations and retailers who are able to help the bereaved through the planning of such an event. A traditional funeral makes many of your choices easier because there’s established etiquette for the different stages of the ceremony. However, a traditional funeral is generally one of the most expensive kinds of funeral.
Arranging A Funeral
Where do you begin?
Funeral planning is a difficult process involving emotional stress, financial decision making and uncertainty. Without some guidance, the options and information surrounding funerals and arrangement planning can seem overwhelming at an already complicated time.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat. This usually takes from two to three hours and occurs in a special type of furnace, known as a cremation chamber or retort. The remaining fragments are then processed into a finer substance and placed in a temporary container.
Before the remains are returned to the family, they are usually transferred to an urn for permanent containment.
Cremation is often considered to be an inexpensive, less complicated substitute for the “traditional” funeral. Many people also believe that at the time of death only two basic choices exist: immediate cremation of the body or a complete funeral including viewing, followed by burial.
Actually, several options are available in between for those who prefer cremation — perhaps even more than with burial.
Cremation and burial are both defined as “modes of dispositions” methods of caring for the body and, as such, are just one part of a funeral. Also, the term traditional, when applied to funerals, simply refers to an accepted trend of choices in the past.
As times change, trends change too. Today, many opportunities exist for meaningful services for the benefit of family and friends – both before and after cremation takes place.