A common question when families consider cremation is: “Can I still have a traditional funeral?” Cremation is actually a flexible option for both ceremony and disposition of remains. Some families elect to have a traditional funeral in conjunction with a Minneapolis, MN cremation or choose a memorial service after the cremation is complete. Funeral and cremation options include:
Funeral, then Cremation
If families want a traditional funeral, this is absolutely an option prior to cremation. Minneapolis cremation facilities or funeral homes rent a casket for the funeral to save the family the expense of purchasing a casket for short-term use. If families prefer, the deceased is prepared for an open casket funeral. This gives families the same sense of closure as a funeral with traditional burial but saves the burial costs.
Cremation, then Memorial
Alternately, if a family doesn’t particularly care to have a traditional funeral or an open casket viewing, they choose cremation followed by a memorial service. The advantage with this option is that the memorial service can be held in any venue, including a community center, family church, or even a favorite restaurant. This option allows the family to best control costs by bypassing a traditional funeral.
Ultimately, Minneapolis, MN cremations offer extremely flexible options. Cremations offer the advantage of cost savings, with the ability for a family to mourn or memorialize the deceased in whatever manner they prefer. Planning a cremation doesn’t have to preclude a traditional funeral, but it does offer more options if cost savings or venue are important to the family.
The Neptune Society is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of affordable cremation services. Whether you have an immediate need or want to plan cremation services in advance, we are always available to assist you and your family.
Call 1-800-NEPTUNE (800-637-8863) today or contact us online to learn more.