This type of service involves cremating the deceased with a limited amount of preparation. We have found that many people desire that the remains be bathed and dressed, and that a family member be able to identify their loved one prior to delivery to the crematorium. Below are the most common choices that families choose when selecting immediate cremation.
Calling Hours and Memorial Service
A licensed funeral professional removes the deceased from the place of death and transports the remains by professional funeral hearse to the funeral home. The director arranges for a time to meet with the family. At this conference, biographical details necessary for the obituary and the death certificate are obtained. The family's wishes and the type of service are determined, clergy or service leaders are contacted, cemetery arrangements are made, and other necessary paperwork is reviewed. At this time the funeral counselor and the family compile and word process an appropriate obituary and death notice to be sent to the newspapers of the family's choice. Prayer cards or memorial folders, acknowledgement cards, a cremation casket or alternative container, an urn and possibly an urn vault are selected. The funeral director completes the remaining paperwork and helps coordinate events between the clergy and the cemetery.
Some families opt not to have any calling hours and just desire to have a memorial service. Following the memorial service, a procession proceeds to the cemetery where a Committal Service and burial occur. In some cases the family chooses to take the cremated remains with them and keep them, possibly burying them at a later time.
It is the desire of some people to be immediately cremated with no services. Perkins Funeral Home, Inc. does not encourage this but is happy to offer the service to families who desire it. We feel that some type of service and viewing is needed for closure, as it is a significant part of the grieving process.
The remains of the deceased are transported to the funeral home and placed in a cremation container. Some families choose view the deceased briefly before the cremation process begins. A paid obituary is sometimes submitted to the newspapers, other times a simple unpaid notice of death is submitted. The funeral director and the family meet to complete all of the necessary paperwork, including the cremation authorization form. Some families select an urn and some select an urn vault. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family. If a Committal Service is desired, the funeral director can help the family arrange this and supervise the burial.
Of course all families choose to do things differently, Perkins Funeral Home, Inc. is devoted to helping you customize these services so that we can provide what you desire.