Deciding between burial and cremation is one of the first decisions you’ll make when you consider final arrangements for yourself or a loved one. Cremation services have become an increasingly popular way to honor those who have passed on before us. Cremation services are not only dignified, but they also allow for the flexibility many people need when planning a memorial service. Burial services must be performed very soon after death, but a memorial service can occur when and where the time is appropriate.
While many funeral homes subcontract cremations out to a third party provider and have little or no control over the crematory's operating procedures, Eggers Funeral Home has our own crematory on-site. This keeps the remains in our care only and saves the the family from incurring additional transportation expenses and needless delay.
Eggers also offers several options to ensure your individual cremation and service needs are met. We offer a wide selection of urns and cremation caskets (if traditional services are requested.)
The video below gives an overview of cremation options. It is provided by Wilbert, one of the cremation urn companies we proudly partner with.
What is the difference between a funeral, memorial, and cremation service?
The only real difference between a funeral followed by burial and one followed by cremation is that with a cremation service, the body is taken to our crematory after the service instead of being taken to the cemetery. If you desire, a "receiving of friends" or visitation may precede the services at the funeral home or place of service. Following the funeral, the body is cremated in the casket or placed in a special cremation container. After cremation, a public or private service may be arranged for the final placement of the cremated remains, whether it be a cemetery or a special scattering place.
A memorial service is a service of remembrance without the body being present. There are many options when it comes to memorial services including your choice of the location, if you would prefer the urn to be present for the service, if you would prefer to have a visitation with the body present before the service, and so on. If you are interested in learning more about a memorial service, please contact us. One of our licensed and knowledgeable funeral directors would be glad to discuss service options with you and answer any questions you may have.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
We have a rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in place to maximize our level of professional service to you and your family. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process, and we only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment. Our crematory is one of the most up-to-date, state of the art, computer controlled units available. With our unique identification procedures, you can be assured your loved one will be returned to you.