The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged. It is important for you to know that your loved one will never leave our care because we own our own cremation facilities.
Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit service 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.
At Wages & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematories, we know that every family we serve is unique, and we strive to make each service a personal tribute to the life that has been lived.
We provide a wide variety of choices that will help fulfill a family’s wishes, from a traditional funeral to a personalized service that celebrates a loved one’s hobbies and interests.
By offering services and memorialization features that are personal and special, a unique life can be remembered and honored in an individualized way that is comforting to the family and friends.
You and the ones you love are at the very center of the process, and the choices you make will determine its significance for you.
As you participate in the planning, you help create a meaningful experience for everyone.
Below are some of the types of services families often choose.
The 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. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
Complete Cremation Service
The 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.
A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.
- Memory Boards – Everyone is asked to bring in a photograph. Each photograph is applied to a memory board specially designed to hold many photographs. After the service, this memory board is given to you for display in your home.
- Boutonnières for Pallbearers – A way to honor friends and family serving in this special role.
- Dove Release – Doves represent peace and love and help you say “goodbye” in a symbolic manner that is important to the healing process.
- Heirlooms / Special Items to Display – A chance for you tell the story of your loved one’s life with their special keepsakes or heirlooms. For example, a quilt, favorite sports team’s memorabilia, travel “knick-knacks,” etc.
- Keepsake Urns – Used for keepsakes such as locks of hair, soil from the gravesite, flower petals, cremated remains, etc.
- Online Obituary and Guestbook – An online obituary listing service details and a guestbook to capture memories.
- Memorial Video Tribute – Show the story of your loved one’s life with pictures old and new that are developed into a slide presentation that can be shown during the visitation or funeral service.
- Personalized Bulletins or Memorial Folders – Use of pictures, special writings, bible verses, and/or sayings can add a personal touch to the printed material.
- Picture Portrait – A favorite photograph can be made into an oil-based painted portrait.
- Picture Board Presentation – Show your loved one’s life through a presentation of pictures old and new on magnetic picture boards.
Keeping the Memory Alive and Close to Your Heart.
We can help you create keepsakes of the people you love and the times you want to remember. Three-dimensional Thumbies are crafted from fingerprints using the time-honored process of lost wax casting. The finished pieces are ever so touchable, making real our memories and keeping them close to your heart. Please browse the gallery and select your heirloom keepsake.