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The term “traditional funeral” refers to a time of visitation and/or casketed viewing of a deceased (when possible), followed by a funeral ceremony, and earth burial. Cremation puts a little twist into the concept of a traditonal funeral ~ rather than transporting a deceased to a cemetery for burial following services, cremation is accorded, thus the term “Traditional Cremation”.

Traditional Cremation is much the same as Traditional Arrangements in that the time frame of visitation / viewing / ceremony, and whether they are public or private is strictly at the discretion of the family. However, if the family also wants a cemetery / mausoleum committal ceremony, prior to publically announcing any arrangements the funeral home must have properly signed cremation authorizations in hand. In other words, we do not want to publicize burial / inurn ment of cremated remains if we don’t already have properly signed authorizations for cremation of the deceased. In Missouri, cremation requires dual authorization. The legal Next-of-Kin and the Physician / Coroner must sign appropriate authorization forms.

Combining traditional arrangements with cremation can be more economical when properly approached:

  1. Eliminates the need for an outer burial container for casketed burial
  2. If the intent of a family is to keep the cremated remains, it would eliminate the need for a grave space, grave opening, and grave marker.
  3. Can potentially decrease the cost of a casket, as the family may opt to use a ceremonial (rental) casket, a cloth-covered casket, or an alternative viewing casket.

Some reasons for combining traditional arrangements with cremation might include: the family doesn’t plan to permanently reside in the immediate area and they want to take their loved one with them; maybe the deceased didn’t like the concept of earth burial; the deceased wants to be buried in a family plot located in a different state and personally delivering cremated remains or mailing them is much less expensive than transporting a body.

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