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Making a Decision About Cremation

Making decisions about your final resting place isn’t always easy. There are a wide range of considerations, and you may wish to consult with family in the process. That said, this is also an incredibly personal decision that often comes down to how you feel about various options. If you or someone you know is looking into cremations in or near Harpursville, NY, rest assured that there are local professionals available to make your decisions easier. Difficult though they may be, such decisions certainly shouldn’t weigh on you for an extended period of time. That is especially true when it comes to cremation. What should go into such a decision, and how should it be made? Is cremation right for you? How will you know? Here are a few items to think about before discussing your decision with a funeral director.  

First, are you comfortable with the idea of cremation itself? For some, the idea of a deceased body being subject to extreme heat may be distressing. That may not sound entirely rationale, but objections to cremation are perfectly understandable nevertheless. You should know that the process is extremely professional and generally only lasts around three hours. The furnace in which the body is placed is carefully monitored and generally controlled by way of computer programming. That may not address everyone’s concerns, but it can certainly alleviate a few. You should also rest assured that bodies are carefully identified before cremation and that there is virtually no risk of a mix-up. The entire process is taken very seriously and a number of important safeguards remain in place from start to finish.  

Some are also concerned about whether or not cremation is consistent with their religious views. Some religious factions may still object to cremation, but it is and has been widely practiced around the world for some time. Some Christian communities were previously concerned about cremation due to beliefs in the resurrection of the body. The vast majority of those communities no longer object to cremation.   

Those thinking about cremation may wonder what will become of their remains. Of course, wishes to this effect can and should be clarified in advance whenever possible. If you are thinking about the possibility of cremation already, you may as well consider the range of possibilities when it comes to your cremated remains. They may be buried, interred, scattered, kept at home or otherwise used in a more creative fashion (jewelry, tattoos, tree planting, etc.). Again, there are no right or wrong answers here.   

Much ultimately depends upon what you and your family are comfortable with. At the very least, cremation should not be scary. It is widely practiced in the United States, now every bit as frequently as traditional burial. If you are seriously looking into cremations in the Harpursville, NY, area, consider reaching out to Savage-DeMarco Funeral Service. We look forward to working with you and your family in a caring and professional fashion, meeting your needs and answering any questions you may have in the process. Feel free to visit us at 338 Conklin Ave, Binghamton, NY 13903 or place a phone call to (607) 724-1415.

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Why Preparing For a Funeral Shouldn’t Wait

It is never too soon to begin thinking about funeral arrangements. While it may not be the topic of choice around a dinner table, there are a number of good reasons to begin thinking about the kind of services you wish to have, whether or not you prefer to be cremated or buried and any number of other items that will have become important when the time comes. If you or someone you know is looking into funeral homes in or near Binghamton, NY, rest assured there are local professionals prepared to work with you and make your life easier. Planning a funeral shouldn’t become a source of significant stress. For all too many, however, that’s precisely what winds up happening. Families wait until the last minute and find themselves overwhelmed by decisions and logistical requirements. That shouldn’t happen. And it doesn’t have to happen.  

Getting out in front of funeral arrangements requires that you plan in advance. This also means that you can work alongside close family to make decisions and assure that they are comfortable with the outcome. The more your family is prepared to address various requirements as they emerge, the less they will have to do when the time comes. This can reduce their stress significantly at a time when they are dealing with grief and making every attempt to move on.  

As longtime funeral director Jerry R. Guy explains for the Living Trust Network, “It has been my experience that those families who preplanned seemed far less stressed when a death occurs than those who did not. When you think about it, when is preplanning for anything inevitable a bad idea? The same theory applies to funeral planning in my opinion. Unfortunately, many people put off planning for this final event in their lives, choosing by default to let others handle these details for them when that time comes. More times than not, those forced to complete these final planning arrangements for others are doing so on one of the worst days of their life.”  

Working with a funeral director in advance can be particularly helpful. Funeral directors can walk you through various options while discussing the costs and benefits associated with those options. There are also various packages that you can select in a bid to simplify the process and reduce the number of separate decisions that must be made. These packages can also save you money in the final analysis. Preparedness goes a long way toward reducing confusion in your time of need, as well. It may be helpful to get some paperwork together, plan the nature and location of funeral or memorial services and attend to other matters you won’t want to deal with at the last minute. As with many things in life, it is important to be ready.   

If you are interested in funeral homes in the Binghamton, NY, area, consider reaching out to Savage-DeMarco Funeral Service. We look forward to working with your family in a compassionate and professional fashion, meeting your needs and making your life easier in the process. You can visit us at 338 Conklin Ave, Binghamton, NY 13903 or place a phone call to (607) 724-1415.

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How Cremation Creates Options for Your Family

Fewer families are settling for a traditional burial these days. Though there certainly isn’t anything wrong with the tried and true process, families have become increasingly open to the idea of cremation and for good reason. Cremation makes it possible to remember loved ones in a variety of ways. If you or someone you know is looking into cremations in or near Windsor, NY, rest assured that there are local professionals who can walk you through the process and explain the potential costs and benefits thereof. Cremation may not be right for every family, but it has become an increasingly common option for a reason. Once cremated, the possibilities associated with remembering a loved one in unique and dignified fashion are virtually endless. Put simply, cremation creates a variety of options for you and yours.  

One’s final resting place is no mere technicality. It may speak volumes about a life, about your priorities, about your values and about your personality. These kinds of things often take center stage at funeral services or memorial services. But they can also inform the question of burial and cremation itself. However traditional, burial invariably limits your options. Once buried, that’s that. Cremation, however, makes it possible to remember a loved one in a range of different ways, with much depending upon a family’s personal preferences.  

As AL.com’s Lucy Berry explains, “With cremation and non-traditional funeral services on the rise, it’s no wonder more families are seeking new ways to honor the departed after death. While traditional urns and scattering of ashes remain popular choices for Americans who choose cremation, a rising number of companies are catering to those who want something a little different for themselves or their loved ones.”  

Some options may seem particularly familiar. You can of course have cremated remains scattered at a location that has some kind of meaning to you and the loved one your family has lost. This can make an important statement and of course help bring about a greater sense of closure. You can also have the remains buried, just as you would with a body that has not been cremated. This assures your family and friends a common location at which your loved one may be visited, making it possible for a wider range of parties to pay their respects. And of course, you may keep the remains at home in an urn or similar container. This assures that they will be kept safe, whether they remain on display or otherwise kept.   

There are also far more creative options, ranging from using cremated remains to plant a tree to using them in a tattoo. You can even have them made into various kinds of jewelry. Again, the options seem endless.  

Much ultimately depends on your family and what your loved one has in mind by way of final wishes. If you are thinking about cremations in the Windsor, NY, area, consider reaching out to Savage-DeMarco Funeral Service. We look forward to working with you in a kind and professional fashion. You can visit us at 1605 Witherill St, Endicott, NY 13760 or place a phone call to (607) 785-2841.

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How to Handle Yourself at a Funeral

Funerals are a difficult occasion for many. While there is no official guide when it comes to how to handle yourself when attending one, there are certainly things you probably should and shouldn’t do. You may be looking for guidance to this end. If you or someone you know is looking into funeral homes in or near Kirkwood, NY, rest assured that there are local professionals who can address your questions or concerns. Funerals need not remain a mystery. There are certainly right and wrong ways to do things. And given the significance of the occasion, you certainly want to be on your best behavior. Friends and family will take that behavior seriously, particularly at a time when they should be focusing on their own needs and grief. So what should you keep in mind when attending a funeral, and why is it so important?  

In general, the big point is that you should be there for those in need without being overbearing.  

As Everplans explains, “While issues of funeral etiquette may feel very serious or stressful, it’s important to remember that your job, as a funeral attendee, is to support and console those grieving, and to participate in the communal grieving that’s taking place. In light of this, the general advice for how to act at a funeral or memorial service is to be respectful, courteous, and generous to others. Remember that the simple presence of a friend, a hug, or a kind word can go a long way towards making someone feel comforted.”  

Those simple gestures shouldn’t be forgotten. One of the risks associated with attending a funeral is that you do or say too much, suggesting to others that you “know how they feel” or trying to relate to their pain a little too closely. You probably don’t need to go there, and many are in no mood for an extensive conversation.   

There are also some important basics of funeral etiquette. You should endeavor to arrive 15 or 20 minutes early whenever possible. In addition to assuring to don’t make a disruptive entrance after proceedings have begun, this will also assure you have some brief time to speak with other attendees. If you do arrive, be sure to sit at the back or walk down the side aisles in a bid to avoid disrupting the event any more than necessary. You should also be sure that your phone is on silent mode and doesn’t cause a stir at an unwanted juncture (which would be pretty much any juncture).   

In terms of clothing, there is certainly a tendency to wear darker colors (black being the obvious choice for many). Though there is no firm rule on this matter, the important thing is that you don’t attract too much attention. This isn’t a beauty pageant.   

Funerals don’t have to be confusing. If you have additional questions about what to do, you should always feel free to speak with an expert. If you are looking for funeral homes in the Kirkwood, NY, area, consider reaching out to Savage-DeMarco Funeral Service. We have a long history of working with families to meet their needs in a caring and professional fashion. Please feel free to visit us at 338 Conklin Ave, Binghamton, NY 13903 or place a phone call to (607) 724-1415.