You have many options regarding how your loved one’s
remains will be interred. Your funeral director will discuss all of your
options, whether you choose a casket burial, urn burial, a scattering garden, a
keepsake urn in your home, or other form of disposition. In any of these
instances, a funeral and visitation can be held prior to interment. Speak with
your funeral director about how a funeral can be beneficial in helping loved
ones begin to grieve their loss. Your funeral director will also assist you
with planning the details of the interment, such as working with the cemetery
If you plan on having an open-casket viewing at the
visitation, your funeral director will discuss your options regarding
embalming. Embalming is the treatment (of a dead body) so as to preserve it, with chemicals, drugs, or balsams. You will also discuss how you would like
your loved one dressed in the casket, including jewelry, and details such as
makeup and hair style.
Depending on your choice of burial or cremation, your
funeral director will provide you with options regarding caskets and urns. This
is another important time to have an open discussion about costs, as the price of
caskets and urns can vary greatly. Make your choice based on what you believe
best honors your loved one but also respects your budget.
If you choose a casket burial, your funeral director will
also ask you to identify pallbearers for the casket if you choose to have them.