Cremated remains may be memorialized in many ways: ground burial, indoor or outdoor columbarium, or private memorials. Some families choose to have the cremated remains scattered at sea. This is an option that we urge people to consider carefully, because it is a once-and-for-all decision. Once remains are disposed at sea, they cannot be retrieved.
Cremation usually takes place after the funeral but before the committal (graveside) service. Instead of a casket, cremated remains containers, (or urns) measuring roughly four by seven by ten inches in size, are used to contain the remains. While cremation, in itself, is an added expense, the total costs of a funeral package may be somewhat less as the price of the smaller interment space or niche is usually less than that of a comparable full-sized interment space or mausoleum crypt.