Can I Still Have A Gathering/Visitation/Service If I Choose Cremation?

By: David Tindall
Monday, March 27, 2023

Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families who have lost a loved one. While cremation is often seen as a simpler and more affordable option compared to traditional burial, we at Tindall Funeral Home have seen that some families worry that they will not be able to have a meaningful gathering/visitation/service if they choose cremation. It is absolutely possible to have a gathering, visitation, or service, even if you choose cremation.

Gathering/Visitation/Service Options After Cremation

Here are some options for families who want to hold a meaningful gathering after choosing cremation:

Hold A Memorial Service

A memorial service is a ceremony that is held after the cremation has taken place. The urn containing the ashes can be present at the service, along with photographs or other personal items that belonged to the deceased. This is a good option for families wanting to celebrate the life of their loved ones in a more personalized and intimate setting.

Have A Visitation Before The Cremation

Many funeral homes offer the option of having a visitation before the cremation takes place. This allows friends and family to view the deceased and say their final goodbyes before the cremation. The visitation can be held in a traditional setting or in a more informal and personalized environment, depending on the family's preferences.

Host A Reception

After the cremation and memorial service or visitation, families may choose to host a reception or gathering to celebrate the life of their loved one. This can be held at a family member's home, a restaurant, or a community center. It's a good opportunity to share memories and stories, and to provide comfort and support to one another during a difficult time.

Scatter The Ashes In A Meaningful Location

Scattering the ashes can be a meaningful way to say goodbye to a loved one. Many families choose to scatter the ashes in a location that is meaningful to the deceased, such as a favorite park, beach, or hiking trail. Some families choose to have a small ceremony or gathering at the location before scattering the ashes.

Have A Virtual Gathering

In some cases, it may not be possible or safe to have an in-person gathering or service. In these situations, families may choose to have a virtual gathering or service instead. This can be done through video conferencing or live streaming and can include speeches, music, and other elements of a traditional service.

A qualified funeral director or cremation provider can help you plan a meaningful and personalized gathering/visitation/service that honors the life of your loved one.

If you need to organize a gathering/visitation/service now or need some information on our pre-need services, please call Tindall Funeral Home at (315) 468-5521. You can also contact us by email or drop by our office in person. 

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