My family may be willing to accept my plans for cremation, but they would like me to have a funeral service with the body present. Is this possible?
Yes, if such a funeral is desired, the deceased can be embalmed and placed in a ceremonial casket. With cremation the full funeral can be held without the expense of purchasing a casket or vault.
What do cremated remains that are returned to the family look like?
The quantity of cremated remains of an adult is comparable to the size of a 6 inch square box. The appearance resembles crushed seashells. The remains are placed in a plastic bag inside the urn selected by the family.
Is cremation less expensive than a traditional burial?
In most circumstances cremation can be less expensive. However, most people choose cremation not for the cost, but for the flexibility in timing of the service as well as simplifying the process. With cremation you have the option having a traditional service based on personal decisions and beliefs.