Cremation offers families a variety of options. From elaborate and traditional to dignified and simple, cremation is an option which allows for great flexibility in, style of service, time of service, price and preference for final resting place.

Every Memorial Service should be a memorable, warm reflection of the person who has died, that includes a Memorial Service with Cremation.

You tell us what it is that made your loved one so special and we'll give you ideas for personalizing the service. No matter which type of service is selected, we can help you give your loved one a special, dignified, and personalized farewell.

With cremation services, we at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home believe you should be able to choose the type of service that you find most meaningful. That's why our list of services includes many options.

Contrary to what most people believe, cremation does not limit, but in fact increases the options available for a Memorial Service. The options for ceremonies prior to or following the cremation can include the selection of a casket or an urn, visitation with the body present (or memorial visitation where the urn is the focal point), a display of photographs or personal effects and awards, the location of the funeral ceremony and selection of music. A funeral service followed by cremation need be no different than a funeral service followed by ground burial.

Following the funeral service and cremation, the cremated remains are usually placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremation urn may be interred in an existing family burial plot, interred in a special cremation section at a cemetery or placed in an indoor or outdoor cemetery columbarium.

Scattering cremated remains may be done at a designated place on land or water in accordance with provincial and local laws. Scattering cremated remains on someone's private property requires their permission. It is not recommended to scatter on your personal property (should your home be sold) or on public property where others may come into contact with the cremated remains. For many people, it is important to have a permanent place to go to visit. This allows family and friends the ability to remember and celebrate a life that has been lived and touched others.

Many people chose cremation for its simplicity or personal preference. Additionally, many choose cremation because it can be a cost-effective option, depending on the preferences and budget needs of the family. Still others choose cremation for environmental reasons or for the flexibility it affords.

A funeral service followed by cremation need not be different than a funeral service followed by in-ground burial. The funeral service can be elaborate or simple; it can be traditional or nontraditional.

Today, arrangements are as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. Cremation simply offers more options because it allows time for the family to gather from the far reaches of the country.

All of our services can be customized to meet a family's needs or wishes. Increasingly, we find individuals want to create a memorial that reflects a more personalized and meaningful tribute. Our staff is always available to help you plan and design a memorial that fully reflects your wishes.

Photographs, a special song, even a favorite tie or golf clubs, can be incorporated into the funeral service to make it more meaningful. You tell us what it is that made your loved one so special and we'll give you ideas for personalizing the service.

Yes, you can. We can help you put your wishes in writing and safely file them away so that when the time comes, your wishes will be carried out just as you requested. This written plan brings a great deal of peace of mind to family members at the time of loss.

Scattering may be legally done on privately owned land or certain public land with permission from the proper authorities. Scattering the cremated body can be full of meaning for loved ones if these were the deceased's wishes.

However, one should also consider how much is being asked of the person who is to do the scattering, because for many, it can be devastating to spill out all that is mortal of someone you have known and loved. Many people choose to portion out the cremated remains; they might scatter a portion, keep a portion at home, and bury a portion in a cemetery.

We of course welcome any suggestions, questions, or requests that you may have.

Please feel free to contact us directly at 870-367-2451 or use our convenient online request form for additional information.

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