Cremation Services in Houston
In recent decades, cremation has become a popular alternative to traditional burial. According to the NFDA, since 2015 the rate of cremation has already surpassed burial and will continue to do so. Due to this growing popularity, our funeral home is proud to offer affordable cremation services in Houston, TX.
What Is Cremation?
Cremation is an ancient method where the deceased’s body is incinerated inside a furnace, leaving only the ashes behind. The practice has evolved and became highly technical, being monitored throughout the whole process to make sure everything is working right, from the high temperatures to the time of the procedure. After it is complete, the family then receives their loved one’s ashes in an urn or container of choice and can decide whether they would like to bury, scatter, or keep them.
5 Reasons to Choose Cremation
Cremation offers many possibilities for the family to choose the best option that fits their needs, likes, and budgets. Here are some benefits of this method:
Affordable: Although there are many options available when choosing cremation, this method normally costs less than a burial. That is because there is no need for a casket, a cemetery property, or even a ceremony. Families only have to pay for the cremation itself and an urn, besides the additional funeral services.
Simple and intimate: Cremation is a much more simple and intimate option because there is no need to arrange a traditional funeral service. Funeral rituals are usually complex and require several steps, such as a reception, a church mass, and the burial at the cemetery. All that needs to be coordinated in advance and it requires a lot of logistics in such a delicate moment. Cremation, on the other hand, offer easier and more personal ways of honoring the deceased, such as celebrations of life and memorial services.
Creative: There is no single answer to what to do with your loved one’s ashes. Because they won’t be placed in a cemetery, you can choose what is the best option for you and your family. The ashes can be kept in an urn, it can be scattered in a special place, or put in different memorial items. Creativity is a way of guaranteeing that your loved one will be honored and always remembered.
Time: When cremating a loved one the ashes will be with the family for as long as they want, so there is no rush to do a ceremony right away. Often the family is caught by surprise and needs more time to process the grief before deciding what kind of service they would like. Cremation is a way to make sure you will have time to arrange something special.
Environmental conscious: If compared to traditional burial services, cremation is a good environmentally friendly alternative. Besides taking up space and causing a disturbance in the ecosystem, a buried body can release chemicals from the embalming fluid into the soil, and other toxins.
Types of Cremation Service
Cremation services are various and perfect to attend to every family’s different and unique needs. It can take place before or after the cremation and can include visitations or not.
At Miller Funeral Services & Cremation Society of Texas, we value giving families in Houston, TX many cremation options because it’s our goal for you to have a positive experience working with our funeral home. We want every family to have the opportunity to honor their loved one in a meaningful way.
We offer several cremations services types you can choose from, including:
Direct cremation. The deceased’s body is cremated right away, and there is no visitation or viewing. The ashes will be placed in a container of choice and handed to the family. People may want this option if they are not ready to have a funeral service right away or if the deceased did not want the family to have a service at all.
- Service with a visitation before the cremation. The deceased’s body will be embalmed and prepared for a funeral service with the family and guests. The body will be cremated afterward. This is a good option for families who want a cremation but wish to see their loved ones one last time.
Cremation with a service. The deceased is cremated and then a funeral service is held in honor of your loved one. Funeral services often include prayer, the singing of hymns, a eulogy, and readings. Typically, the ashes are placed in the desired container and are present during the ceremony. This is a good option for families that don’t wish for a viewing of their loved one’s body but still want a traditional funeral service.
Cremation with a graveside service. The deceased’s body is cremated, and a funeral service is held at their gravesite afterward. Then, friends and family can gather by the deceased’s grave plot for a formal funeral service. At the end of the service, the deceased’s ashes will be buried — they can be buried as is or in a selected container such as an urn.
- Cremation with a celebration of life service. After the cremation, the family may choose to hold a celebration of life service. This particular service is more personalized than a funeral and can take place anywhere. This service option gives families more options for creativity and can be held in any venue of their choosing. It’s a time for family and friends to gather and share memories of the deceased.
- Cremation with Ash Scattering Services. After the cremation, families may choose to do a scattering ceremony. Ashes can be scattered in different places, such as a mountain or a body of water, and it is a good way to honor your loved one by taking them to a place they liked to visit or would like to be remembered of.
Cremation Service Personalization Ideas
Depending on your desired final disposition, there are several ways to personalize cremation services, including:
- Having a graveside service before the burial of your loved one’s cremated remains. This way family and friends can pay their final respects. It’s a time to reflect on the deceased’s life.
- Holding a service for scattering your loved one’s ashes in a memorial garden or another meaningful location. Which places were special to your loved one? Where did they visit often? These might be good locations to scatter their ashes.
- Placing the cremated remains in multiple urns so everyone can have their loved one’s final resting place close to them. This way each individual can choose whether they want to keep the ashes or scatter them somewhere special.
Ready to Plan a Cremation Service?
With our array of personalized options, there is an option for every family’s wants and needs. Our staff is confident we can help you plan a cremation service that truly pays tribute to your loved one.
Visit our funeral home or contact us for more information about our affordable cremation.