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Not long ago, people thought that if they chose cremation, they could not have a traditional interment or memorial service. If you choose cremation, you still have a full range of options available. Cremation allows you to arrange the type of personalized ceremony which is meaningful to you, with cremation before or after the service.

Many families select a traditional visitation and funeral service, with cremation to follow. However, an alternative option is cremation followed by a memorial service. This service is a gathering which differs from a funeral only in that the body is not present. An urn may be selected to place in the chapel. It is the families choice if the urn will contain the remains or be used as a symbol.

Another option is cremation only. This entails simply meeting with the funeral home staff to arrange the details. However, we hope you consider the benefit of some type of formal or informal service, for the support and closure it can bring to friends and family.

Regardless of your choice of services, or even if you choose not to have a viewing, you may want to place the cremains in an urn. Urn selection today is very broad, offering you the opportunity to choose one which reflects your personal tastes. For the nontraditionalist, there are even urns that depict hobbies like golfing or fishing. For an extra touch, many urns can be engraved with meaningful prayers, poems or names of your loved ones.

Cremation also provides you with several choices for final disposition. Included in theses options are above-ground inurnment, burial, permanent possession and scattering.

Above-ground inurnment, such as in a columbarium niche, provides families with a permanent place to visit. Burial also provides such a place, moreover, allows family members to be laid to rest next to each other, even if another family member has not chosen cremation.

Cremation is a very personal decision, but one that provides just as many commemorative choices. If you are interested in this alternative, it's good to know that Phillip Funeral Home has our own crematory facility (Paradise Cremation Services). The on-site crematory offers peace of mind, convenience, and cost savings, because everything is taken care of at one location.

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