Today most religions allow cremation except for Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, Eastern Orthodox and a few Fundamentalist Christian faiths. The Catholic Church accepts cremation as long as it is not chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teachings.
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.