The Different Kinds of Cremations

By: Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation
Monday, June 10, 2019

Cremations provide lots of different choices in terms of planning, personalizing and budget. They are flexible so you and your loved ones can create a meaningful celebration of the deceased’s life, and save time and money when it comes to planning and execution of the event. But did you know that there are a few different kinds of cremations in Rock Falls, IL

The three main kinds are traditional, memorial, and direct. Each one offers different versions of the basic cremation idea, with the main differences appearing in price, planning, and timeline.  

  1. Traditional Cremation Services - Traditional cremation services are the marriage of a regular funeral and a cremation. They consist of a classic funeral followed by a cremation rather than a burial. As with a funeral, traditional cremation services have a wake or visitation within two or three days of the death with the body present. They come with more costs over other types of cremation because of embalming and caskets. Embalming is the process in which the body is preserved for the viewing. The viewing and funeral also require a casket with some type of ornamentation, not just a plain cremation box. Traditional cremation services generally involve a funeral, and are usually hosted by a religious leader, family member, or funeral celebrant.  
  2. Memorial Cremation Services - Memorial cremation services are almost identical to traditional cremation services, except that the body is not present at the accompanying service. This type of cremation service is generally held at a later date than the traditional variation, because the body is cremated directly after death so there is no need to rush the service in fear of decomposition. The body can be present at the memorial service in less traditional ways, like in a cremation urn or in form of photos, videos or drawings. Since there is no body, the service can be held almost anywhere, even more information locations. Memorial cremation services help families save money on embalming and caskets since the body is not present, but they do still have other funeral-associated costs like flowers, programs, photos, catering and more.  
  3. Direct Cremation Services - Direct cremation services are the most basic type of cremation services. They are cost effective and efficient because, as the name denotes, the body is cremated directly after death and the remains are united with the family without a ceremony or service.  Direct cremation service costs are usually all included in one flat fee, from body transportation to the cremation itself.  While this variation saves money, it doesn’t offer any sort of celebration or honor for the deceased’s life.  

 

At the end of the day, the decision as to what type of cremation and service you want is very personal. It depends on what’s important to you, be it tradition, personalization, or budget. No matter what kind of cremation services you want, Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation can help you with all of your Rock Falls, IL cremation needs. Please visit us at 702 1st Ave Sterling, IL 61081, or give us a call at (815) 626-1131 to learn more.  

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