Can I Have a Cremation and a Visitation?

By: Greg Hurd
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

In case you are in a situation that requires you to start thinking about a memorial service soon, you will need to consider the different options that you have.  Cremation service is starting to become more and more popular to different sets of people since it offers flexibility on what to do after the funeral ceremony.  There are people who prefer to take home the ashes of their loved ones, and there are others who choose to scatter it on a place with significant meaning to the departed.  You also have the option to install it in a columbarium or bury it in a cemetery plot.  With Hurd Funeral Homes, you also have different available options before the cremation.  Some people believe that you will never have the opportunity to say goodbye to the deceased person if you opt for cremation, but this isn’t true.


Different Options before the Cremation Service

With the various types of options that you have before cremation, you may even customise the way you want to say goodbye to your loved one.  In this article, we will try to cover the different available options to help you in arranging a funeral service.


Closed or Open Casket

Like the traditional burial, closed or open casket visitation can occur before the cremation service.  Normally in a cremation, the body is not generally required to be embalmed, but it can also be conducted if the relatives of the departed prefer to have a viewing.  The remains will temporarily be placed in a casket and cremation will have to proceed after the visitation.  Casket will be cremated alongside the body of the deceased, but it is not compulsory.  During the situation that the family does not want the casket to be cremated, they will be using a ‘ceremonial casket’ which is intended only for visitation.


No Casket Memorial Service

In case the family wanted to cremate the remains of their loved one, but they do not want a viewing, cremation is generally done which is often preceded by visitation when the ashes are already in the urn.  It will be displayed in the area where the funeral service will be conducted.  This is the opportunity of the friends and close family member to pay their last respect to the departed.


Church Service or Funeral Home

People who are closely associated with the deceased can have a gathering to carry out an informal funeral service.  This gathering of the family will then be followed by the delivery of the urn with ashes to its resting place.


Remember that your options are not restricted when choosing a cremation service.  You can personalise the service to fulfil the final wish of the deceased loved one or to suit the needs of your family. Contact us to speak with our professional funeral directors at Hurd Funeral Homes and be aware about the different options available.


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