Cremation is just one form of preparing the body for final disposition.
Cremation does not take the place of customary funeral services. Funeral services are the way we, the living, share our grief, acknowledge the contributions the deceased has made to our lives, and prepares us for going on with life. What happens during a cremation service is decided entirely by the family. Families are encouraged to customize the service in ways that pay special tribute to their loved one. Choices include viewing and visitation with open or closed casket arrangements. A memorial service or gathering of remembrance can take place with or without the urn present.