A Guide to Cremation Planning
As cremation continues to grow in popularity, so does the desire to add meaning by including a gathering celebration of life service…either preceding or following the cremation. Today, you have many options when choosing cremation and your plan can be as simple or as personalized as you choose.
Select a Celebration of Life Plan to Commemorate a Special Lifetime
The loss of a loved one can be a confusing time. If you or your loved one prefers cremation, can you still have a service?
Yes. In fact, more families are seeking a meaningful memorial service along with cremation. Many now make plans for a traditional gathering and viewing, followed by cremation and a committal or a scattering ceremony. Others prefer a meaningful, personalized memorial urn service following the cremation. Still others prefer a simple cremation and sharing the cremated remains among family members in keepsake urns and jewelry. The important thing to remember is that you have many options.
Traditional Memorial Service
This includes the basic services of the Funeral Director and staff, local transfer of remains, refrigeration, church or chapel service, guest register, memorial folders/prayer cards, acknowledgement cards and cremation.
A Memorial or Celebration of Life service after cremation can be a highly-personalized event that celebrates the life of the deceased and provides comfort for the survivors. Your options include:
- Photo boards or DVD presentation
- Special music of your choice, either recorded or live
- Our baby grand piano is available as well as a fine sound system for your CD’s
- A pastor or a trained Celebrant to help with the services
Traditional Cremation Service
Includes everything available for a “Traditional Memorial Service”, plus embalming, dressing and casketing, 1 day visitation, church or chapel service, committal, funeral vehicle, and flower car.
A funeral service, like a memorial service, before cremation can be a highly-personalized event that celebrates the life of the deceased and provides comfort for the survivors.
Includes the basic services of the Funeral Director and staff, local transfer of remains, refrigeration, cremation container, cremation and carboard utility urn.
Arrangements can be made to establish a permanent memorial to serve as a focal point for remembrance. Options for memorialization are many. Cremated remains are usually placed in some type of permanent receptacle, referred to as an urn, before being committed to a final resting place. Your choices include:
- Inurned in one of our beautiful outdoor niche areas.
- Inurned in one of our beautiful glass-fronted indoor niches.
- Interred in a family burial plot.
- Interred in one of our special urn gardens
- Scattered in our Rose Garden or Garden of Gethsemane ossuary.
- Bronze name plaques can be places on our Remembrance Walls
Monuments are built every year to honor and remember individuals or events. People visit the monuments and take time to reflect and work with their feelings and are comforted by being in a place where they can express their feelings and provide closure.
Our cemetery is no different. Over the years, we have seen a steady increase in families who want a permanent place for their loved ones as they are recognizing that a place to visit is critical for their families. People are realizing more and more that the ones left behind need a place where they can get together, share stories and connect with them after they are gone.
Santa Rosa Memorial Park offers several final resting options, including indoor glass-fronted niches from $1995, beautiful outdoor niches from $1395, scattering gardens from $195, and a range of memorial benches and cremorial rocks.
Once you have decided on the type of memorialization you prefer, we can give you a proposal which includes all charges such as internment, urns, memorials, processing and endowment care fees.
Call Paul Sconfienza, one of our licensed family counselors for a complimentary tour to see all the options available to you. 707-542-1580, ext. 25