Call us at (732) 671 – 1326 to talk about the type of services you wish, and we will be happy to provide you with a detailed list of costs involved.
At the John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, we believe that the final tribute you or a loved one receives and the level of investment to be made for this tribute is your choice. Our Cremation Services offers the services which you feel is appropriate. This can mean anything from a direct disposition to a full-service ceremony and other individualized arrangements. Each service is provided with Family Owned & Operated sensitivity and precise attention to detail.
There are no standard types of services or expectations when the services include cremation; we offer a full range of options based upon your religion, traditions and family needs.
Cremation is often thought as something very quick and inexpensive (no viewing, no casket, no ceremony). This is not necessarily true. In fact, most families that opt for cremation have some type of services or ceremonies to honor the life of their loved one. There are a number of different types of services that incorporate cremation. We’ve listed some types of services here, but the range of choices is wide.
Cremation with Viewing and Funeral Ceremony
Many families choose to have visitations and funeral ceremonies prior to the cremation. In this case, the body is present in a casket for the visitation and ceremony. The only difference from a burial type service would be that the ceremonies would end with the cremation as opposed to the burial or entombment.
The funeral ceremony offers everyone an opportunity to express their condolences to the family by having a place for friends and relatives to gather. Since having the body present for the ceremony and/or viewing requires a casket, we offer a number of specially designed cremation caskets, including a ceremonial, or rental casket. Families can personalize the services with photos, personal mementos, special music, or a eulogy.
Cremation with a Memorial Service (without the body present)
These services can range from informal gatherings at our chapel, the family’s home, or some other meaningful location, to a large carefully planned service at a church or synagogue. This type of service can take place either before or after the actual cremation has been done, and allows family and friends to honor a life lived through eulogies, special music, floral tributes, or displays of photos or treasured possessions. We can help you plan a memorial service or gathering that helps express your feelings for your loved one.
For some families, their preference is to have the cremation without any type of remembrance services or viewing. At John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, we can handle all of the administrative and transfer details, and will work with you to be sure that the arrangements are exactly as you wish them to be.
Cremation Container and Urn
Regardless of the choice of services, there will be several selections you will need to make, including the selection of a cremation container and urn.
The cremation container is the container that the body is taken to the crematory in, and can range from a corrugated alternative container, to wood, to a traditional casket. While there is no legal requirement to purchase a casket for cremation, the crematories in our area require that the body be encased in some type of sturdy container for transfer and handling.
Selections of urns range from a simple temporary plastic receptacle to urns made of wood, marble, and bronze. Many of our urns can be personalized with engraving that reflects the life of the person who died (their favorite hobby, a favorite verse, etc…). We also offer “keepsake” items, ranging from miniature urns to cremation jewelry that holds a small portion of the cremated remains. This way, if more than one family member wishes to have a remembrance, they can do so.
Another decision that a family must make is the disposition of the cremated remains. Some families choose to keep them, others will bury them in a family plot, and still others will scatter them in a meaningful place. Others choose to split the cremains, sometimes keeping a small portion, while scattering another portion. We can help explain all of these choices to you, and assist you in making selections that are right for your family.
At John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, we offer a full range of services tailored to fit every family’s needs and budget. Since there are so many services and choices of casket cremation containers, urns, etc., it’s usually much more valuable to talk with us directly to get costs that truly reflect your family’s wishes.