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Bill Metros
B: 1935-05-19
D: 2019-05-20
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Metros, Bill
Albert Rojinsky
B: 1929-07-06
D: 2019-05-18
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Rojinsky, Albert
Anthony Renzulli
B: 1955-10-02
D: 2019-05-12
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Renzulli, Anthony
Bruce Hay Sr.
B: 1947-02-24
D: 2019-05-09
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Hay Sr., Bruce
Thomas Smith
B: 1945-06-11
D: 2019-05-08
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Smith, Thomas
Thomas Obert-Thorn Sr.
B: 1951-06-18
D: 2019-05-07
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Obert-Thorn Sr., Thomas
Fred Topel Jr.
B: 1946-06-29
D: 2019-05-04
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Topel Jr., Fred
Renee Sharp
B: 1928-11-08
D: 2019-04-29
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Sharp, Renee
Georgieanna Kulp
B: 1936-11-17
D: 2019-04-21
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Kulp, Georgieanna
Libby Katz
B: 1925-02-10
D: 2019-04-21
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Katz, Libby
Frank LaRosa
B: 1930-03-07
D: 2019-04-21
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LaRosa, Frank
Mario Passerini
B: 1948-05-18
D: 2019-04-19
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Passerini, Mario
Isobel Mansfield
B: 1927-10-04
D: 2019-04-17
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Mansfield, Isobel
Paul Kessler
B: 1934-06-26
D: 2019-04-16
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Kessler, Paul
Vincent Scotto
B: 1930-04-25
D: 2019-04-16
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Scotto, Vincent
Fritz Carr Sr.
B: 1945-06-19
D: 2019-04-15
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Carr Sr., Fritz
Yvonne Koeger
B: 1935-08-03
D: 2019-04-11
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Koeger, Yvonne
Aum Kalanuria
B: 2012-11-28
D: 2019-04-06
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Kalanuria, Aum
Harley Hendricks
B: 1950-06-22
D: 2019-04-03
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Hendricks, Harley
Virginia Cooper
B: 1918-09-25
D: 2019-04-02
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Cooper, Virginia
Jan Krawczyk
B: 1950-09-15
D: 2019-03-31
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Krawczyk, Jan

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Cremation Information

What is Cremation?

Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.

Benefits of Cremation

Cremation has been a part of the human experience for a very long time, and is the preferred method of caring for a loved one in many parts of the world.

While we could recite statistics on the rising popularity of cremation in North America and other nations, they really won’t mean very much to you. After all, who picks cremation just because everyone else is doing so?

People choose cremation because they believe it to be the right choice for them. It’s as deeply personal of a decision as that of selecting burial. The decision could be based on:

  • Financial Challenges. The cost of direct cremation with no funeral or memorial service is often ¼ that of a traditional burial. This simple fact is often all it takes for a family to make the cremation decision; however we firmly believe that there is great value in bringing family and friends together for a remembrance service – value which exceed mere cost.
     
  • The Desire for Simplicity. There is nothing simpler than a direct cremation, where the body is transferred straight to the crematory and everything is done within hours of completing the necessary paperwork.
     
  • The Need for Flexibility. A memorial service after a direct cremation can be arranged at a time that's convenient for family members. There is no rush to put together a ceremony which many in the circle can’t attend due to time or financial constraints.
     
  • The Intention to More Fully Commemorate a Loved One. A service can be planned for weeks, even months, after the cremation. This means more people can get involved and there’s plenty of time to gather meaningful scriptural passages, poetry, literary quotes, music, photos and videos.

If any of those reasons ring true for you and your family, then cremation may be the perfect alternative for your loved one.

cremation services in Doylestown

What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?

Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

  • Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
  • Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
  • Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.
  • What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

Decisions You Must Make When Choosing Cremation

  • Who will perform the cremation?
  • Should you purchase an urn?
  • What kind of remembrance ceremony would you like to have?
  • What will you do with the cremated remains?

You may wish to keep the remains at your home for a time, until you feel ready to let go of them, or when all family members can be present for a scattering ceremony.

Our professional Funeral Directors can advise you on unique ways to memorialize a loved one using the cremated remains, including the creation of art glass objects. We also offer a wide selection of cremation keepsake jewelry.

We can also recommend firms in the area that specialize in scattering the cremated remains at sea, or in the air.

Cremation Options

We are caring cremation experts who promise each family we serve the highest level of:
  • Courteous, professional service. Our dedicated staff will take care of all details, including prompt filing of required permits and notifications. Accurate completion of these essential documents not only ensures their acceptance by local or state agencies; it guarantees your loved one's cremation will not be delayed.
  • Respectful care of the deceased and timely completion of cremation process. Your loved one will be attended to by certified crematory operators; each of whom has been trained to provide both compassionate care for the deceased, and conscientious attention to detail throughout the cremation process.
  • Safekeeping and prompt return of cremated remains. We know it's important for the families we serve to know their loved one will be coming home as soon as possible. That's why we promise to notify you as soon as their ashes become available, and safeguard their urn until the time you are ready to receive them.
  • A memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased. There are many advantages to taking some time to remember the life lived, share stories and laugh about all of the memories. Our team can help you plan a fitting memorial service with or without the cremation urn present, at our facility or in a place of your choosing.
We offer three cremation options; each can be modified to meet your needs:
  • Memorial Service After Cremation.This can occur at any time after the cremation process. The urn is usually on display at the service, which can take place in any setting preferred by the family.
  • Traditional Cremation Services. These are much like a traditional funeral. The body of the deceased, is the focal point of the service. A visitation can take place prior to the funeral service and the cycle is completed with the cremation rather than a traditional burial. Once the cremation has occurred, the cremated remains are returned to your family. You can then decide to scatter, bury, or retain the cremated remains in an urn.
  • Direct Cremation Services. This involves completion of all required paperwork and the transportation of the deceased from the hospital, home, nursing facility, or coroner's office to the crematory.

Our Trusted Cremation Services in Doylestown

We've had years of experience serving many families, so we understand and respect your decisions. Not only that, we will take all the time you may need to make an informed decision. Call us today or email us through the Contact Us form.
 
We encourage you to contact us to discuss the cremation services we offer and to explore cremation costs. We are here to help you make an informed decision. 
 
 

Sources:
What is Cremation, Cremation Association of North America