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Cremation Services in Cypress, TX
When someone passes, surviving family members must choose between burial and cremation. At Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, we offer both burial and cremation services in Cypress, TX. No matter how you choose to handle your loved one’s remains, we will conduct the ceremony with compassion and respect.
People choose cremation for many reasons. Some of the most common include:
Religious Beliefs – Some cultures place greater emphasis on burial of the remains, while others permit and even encourage cremation.
Cultural Traditions – For thousands of years, humans have practiced cremation. Some cultures have retained stronger traditions than others. Depending on the culture, those who would like to honor their past sometimes opt for burial and sometimes for cremation.
Cost Considerations – Burials are typically more expensive than cremations. In addition, the cremation cost is fixed, whereas burial plots sometimes incur rising costs as space becomes scarce. Prepaid funeral plans from Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery offer even greater flexibility and affordability.
Convenience – With family members scattered all over the country or world, it can be difficult to organize a burial service and to visit graves in one fixed location. Cremation allows loved ones to plan memorial services at their own convenience, and to transport remains in a portable urn.
Ecological Awareness – Cremation is a relatively green alternative to traditional burial. Not only does it free up land resources, but it also does not require embalming chemicals.
Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery offers three different funeral programs for those who decide to cremate a deceased individual. Each alternative is designed to accommodate different needs and wishes. Cremation options include the following:
Traditional Cremation Services – A traditional cremation service is similar to a traditional funeral ceremony, except that the observance ends in cremation rather than burial. Family and friends pay their respects in the presence of a cremation casket or rental casket. If they wish, they may hold a visitation before the cremation. Once the ceremony is complete, the cremated remains are handed over to the family, who can then choose to bury, scatter, or retain them.
Memorial Gathering – Some people choose to separate the private cremation service from the public memorial service. Loved ones can hold the gathering any time after the creation has occurred. Many people choose to display the urn at the service, although some opt to hold the service without the presence of remains.
Each memorial service program is unique.
Direct Cremation – After all necessary paperwork is completed, Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery will pick up the deceased at a home, hospital, nursing facility, or coroner’s office, and then transport the remains to the funeral home for cremation.
The Cremation Process
Cremation typically proceeds as follows:
Authorization – The closest surviving family members must fill out paperwork that authorizes the funeral director to proceed with the cremation.
Preparation of the Body – The funeral home will prepare the body and burial casket for cremation. Although embalming is unnecessary (unless loved ones choose to have a public viewing), there are steps to be taken before the ceremony. Family members can choose which items to remove from the deceased (jewelry they want to keep) and which items they would like to rest with their loved one (a special object or memento). They can also pick the outfit they would like the deceased to wear (military uniform, favorite dress). The funeral director will also order the removal of any medical devices (e.g., pacemakers) that may cause explosions during the cremation.
Preparation of the Casket – The funeral director will place the body in a special cremation casket or rental casket. Some cremation caskets are made of wood. Others are essentially cardboard boxes fortified with plywood. Both are designed to burn and disintegrate during the cremation process. Funeral homes typically place an identification tag inside the casket to ensure that the cremated remains are handed over to the right family.
Cremation – Once everything is prepared, the casket or container holding the body is placed in the cremation chamber. The entire process takes anywhere from one to two hours. After the body is fully cremated, the remains are returned to the family in an urn.
Learn More About Cremation in Cypress, TX
Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page to learn more about the cremation services offered by Woodlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery in Cypress, TX.