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David LeVan
B: 1926-05-13
D: 2018-04-17
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LeVan, David
Bettina Najer
D: 2018-04-15
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Najer, Bettina
David Kelley
B: 1956-06-06
D: 2018-04-15
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Kelley, David
Adalberto Rivera Ortega
B: 1947-01-23
D: 2018-04-05
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Rivera Ortega, Adalberto
Annalee Aarons
B: 1932-02-10
D: 2018-03-20
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Aarons, Annalee
Evelyn Moffett
B: 1929-01-12
D: 2018-03-17
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Moffett, Evelyn
Angelo Cassaro
B: 1929-01-19
D: 2018-03-16
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Cassaro, Angelo
Concetta Ninfo
B: 1920-02-09
D: 2018-03-15
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Ninfo, Concetta
Javier Dominguez-Nova
B: 1973-01-17
D: 2018-03-13
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Dominguez-Nova, Javier
Jozef Nijboer
B: 1960-04-20
D: 2018-03-13
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Nijboer, Jozef
Carmen Colon
B: 1961-01-18
D: 2018-03-07
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Colon, Carmen
Dorothy Johnston
B: 1924-06-26
D: 2018-03-07
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Johnston, Dorothy
Jose Rios Jimenez
B: 1942-06-11
D: 2018-02-27
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Rios Jimenez, Jose
Dennis Lepera
B: 1985-10-28
D: 2018-02-24
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Lepera, Dennis
Barbara Van Tosh
D: 2018-02-18
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Van Tosh, Barbara
Candida Diaz
B: 1945-10-09
D: 2018-02-18
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Diaz, Candida
Albert Incledon
B: 1916-08-05
D: 2018-02-17
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Incledon, Albert
Melanie Latouche
B: 1955-05-07
D: 2018-02-16
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Latouche, Melanie
Mary Dennis
B: 1938-12-11
D: 2018-02-16
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Dennis, Mary
Carmelo Colon
B: 1938-02-27
D: 2018-02-09
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Colon, Carmelo
Luis Batista Segura
D: 2018-01-29
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Batista Segura , Luis

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What is Cremation?

Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at (610) 373-4500. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.

Cremation Explained

The Cremation Association of North America describes cremation as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments".  On our page, The Cremation Process, we offer a deeper look at the most common cremation process which uses extreme heat. 

As we said earlier, people choose cremation over burial of casketed remains for any combination of reasons. Sometimes it's the simple fear of burial itself, which may stem directly from the Victorian phobia of being buried alive. 

What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?

Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

  1. Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
  2. Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
  3. Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.
  4. What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

Is it Time to Speak with One of Our Cremation Specialists?

We encourage open dialog about all end-of-life issues, and sincerely hope you reach out to us to dig deeper into the topics related to cremation and burial. Call us today at (610) 373-4500 to ask a question or to set an appointment (either in your home or our office). We look forward to the conversation.

Sources:
What is Cremation, Cremation Association of North America