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Cremation Services and Choices




 Overview of Cremation

The number of people choosing cremation in the Gastonia and Belmont area has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.

What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by preplanning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe, Cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.

 Cremation Services and Funerals

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made.They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. McLean Funeral Directors is able to assist in any and all of your Cremation Service needs. To obtain more information on our services click here or call 1-800-217-9901.

 Complete Cremation Service 

Will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains.

 Immediate Cremation Service 

Can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing could not be done within 48 hours then embalming may be required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.

 Direct Cremation 

Refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the initial transfer and local transportation of the deceased into our care.

 Importance of Memorialization

Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.  Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Let us show you the options available for the permanent memorialization of the cremated remains of your loved one.

 Life Celebration Cremation Tributes

Our Life Celebration Cremation Tributes include all service items and products usually associated with a customized and professional ceremony; our 100% Service Satisfaction, all necessary service of our professional staff, preparation and care of deceased, all automotive equipment, coordinated gathering of family and friends, processing necessary Governmental permits and authorizations, internet obituary, life celebration photo collage boards, memory table, memory book and bereavement support services.

They have been carefully created to contain all the necessary elements to meet your needs of mourning and recognizing the life of your loved one in the most personal way, while making simplicity of choice a value added benefit. After listening to your wishes and fully explaining your options, your funeral director will show you which Life Celebration Tributes would benefit your needs the best.

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