Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding the options when considering cremation. We feel there is probably no moment in the funeral process which is as powerful as the final disposition. It is a strong symbolic moment for survivors; a confirmation that they must let go of the person who died and begin looking ahead to a changed life. This reason makes it important that families choose the kind of disposition that they feel most meaningful for themselves and most appropriate for the deceased.

Cremation, one of the oldest forms of disposition, is the option which accounts for approximately 20 percent of dispositions and may be chosen for several reasons. Some people choose cremation because they prefer the quick reduction of the body rather than the natural return to the earth. They may like the “ashes-to-ashes and dust-to-dust” philosophy symbolized by cremation. Others may prefer cremation due to the reduced expense. Finally, some may choose cremation to immediately dispose of a body in order to avoid the funeral ceremony or memorial service. This is known as direct disposition. These individuals might feel that this will hasten the grief process when it can actually accomplish just the opposite, leaving the survivors feeling that things are unresolved and unfinished. Many experts in this field express views on the importance of cremation with some form of ceremony.

At Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory & Mesa View Cemetery we offer many options to those families choosing cremation. Please feel free to contact us at anytime to discuss these options. We also realize that families often find it easier to deal with the issue of death and make arrangements in an atmosphere that is not charged with the grief and trauma of the moment. We have several ways to arrange or fund a funeral in advance, relieving the family of this burden at the time of death.

If we can be of any further help please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We will be glad to answer your questions and help you with any decisions without obligation.