You may be wondering how cremation will impact the rest of your funeral plans. While many know that funeral services and memorial services may go ahead according to schedule, some are less sure about other arrangements. The good news is that things like viewings (“wakes”) and visitations are perfectly compatible with cremation. If you or someone you know is looking into cremation services in or near Andrews, NC, you should know that professionals in your area are ready to speak with you about cremation and any number of related issues. Should you have any questions about cremation, feel free to get in touch with Just Cremation – Cremation Society. We have a great deal of experience working with families like yours, and we are more than happy to help in any way that we can.
If you are at all concerned about the viability of a viewing or visitation, you should know that cremation need not prevent either outcome. What exactly are viewings and visitations?
Often called “wakes,” viewings simply involve an arrangement wherein friends and family (or even the public at large) may pay their respects to the deceased more directly. The body of the deceased in generally present in an open or closed casket, meaning the ceremony must take place before cremation.
A visitation is much like a viewing, though the casket is always closed or the body of the deceased isn’t present at all. Conceivably, this can be done after the cremation has taken place.
Viewings and visitations can happen at any number of locations, but they are most often associated with funeral homes, private homes or properties, or religious places of worship. These are all equally acceptable options, though your decision certainly may influence the tone of the event itself. Viewings and visitations may occur just a day or two prior funeral or memorial service, or potentially even earlier the same day.
Note that cremation doesn’t prevent any of this from happening. In fact, many individuals wish to be embalmed prior to cremation precisely so that a viewing or visitation can take place. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Are viewings or visitations necessary? No, not really. But they are certainly an opportunity for friends and family to say goodbye and continue to healing process. For many, that is extremely important. That said, these kind of arrangements do tend to cost some money. Embalming alone represents an additional expense. Some families may not be able to afford the additional arrangements, or they may not have enough time to handle them logistically. Either way, the important thing to remember is that cremation doesn’t eliminate any options. It is absolutely possible to be cremated after a viewing or cremated before or after a visitation.
If you are interested in cremation services in the Andrews, NC, area, consider reaching out to Just Cremation – Cremation Society. We specialize in direct cremation, but we are always happy to answer additional questions or refer you in the right direction. You can visit us at 55 Kimsey St, Blairsville, GA 30512 or place a phone call to (877) 788-0485.