Cremation is the second most common form of disposition in the United States behind ground burial, and is selected for many reasons ranging from religious beliefs or ethnic customs to cost. Most families selecting cremation are believed to do so simply because of personal preference.
Some people are surprised to learn that cremation does not preclude a funeral with all the traditional aspects of the ceremony. Visitation or viewing with a funeral ceremony and church or memorial services are options to be considered. Such rites are for the benefit of the living, to help family and friends find support during their bereavement and to honor the life and memory of the deceased.
Cremation creates new options, and as with any funeral arrangements can be as individual as the people involved.
After cremation many people prefer to bury the cremated remains in an urn or urn vault. Above ground entombment, permanent possession or scattering are other choices for final disposition.