When cremation is chosen, the following options are available:
Option #1: Traditional Cremation Service — Cremation following a traditional or contemporary service in our chapel or at a church. This option includes having a viewing prior to the service and having the body present at the service. The difference is that instead of going directly to the cemetery for burial, the body is taken to the crematory. Burial can then follow a few days later.
We offer a “rental casket” to be used prior to cremation. This casket is utilized for a visitation and/or a funeral with the body present, reflecting a traditional service. After all selected services are complete, the interior of this casket is removed so that cremation may take place.
Option #2: Celebration of Life / Memorial Service — Cremation followed by a “Celebration of Life” service (some times referred to as a “memorial service”). The body is not present at this type of service. The family can decide whether or not to display the urn at the service. Click here for more information.
Option #3: Direct Cremation — Cremation without a viewing or a service.
What about having “no service”?
You should give serious thought before choosing not to have a service. A simple service, either religious or non-religious, is the doorway to healing for those who are experiencing a loss. Remember, the value and benefit of a service is for the living not the deceased. Giving your family and friends a time to lovingly reminisce and say “good-bye” is the greatest thing you can do for them.
Cremation disposition choices
Following the service and cremation, an appropriate final resting place at our cemetery may be selected for your loved one. We offer several choices including placement in an indoor or outdoor niche, ground burial in an urn garden or the placement of cremated remains in our beautiful scattering garden (Northwood Park Cemetery only).
Cremated remains may also be divided upon proper request from the family with portions being placed into “keepsake” urns and jewelry for family members to keep and treasure. The remaining portion can then be placed using any of the following methods:
Cremation Choice #1: An Indoor or Outdoor Niche
What’s a Niche?
Indoor or outdoor walls constructed of various-sized compartments — known as “niches” — are uniquely designed to hold urns containing cremated remains. Besides coming in a variety of sizes, niches also have different “fronts,” which are usually made of glass or granite.
Along with an urn, a special family photo, personal memorabilia, keepsake item or seasonal decoration can be placed inside to further personalize the niche.
Our glass front indoor niches come in several sizes and styles to accommodate individuals, couples and families. Outdoor niches are available in both single and companion-size. Whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor niche, you will find that our prices are very reasonable.
The Benefits of Choosing a Niche
Personal: The unique design of a niche invites solitary contemplation and becomes a peaceful gathering place for family and friends to fondly remember their loved one.
Convenient: Our indoor glass-front niches offer comfortable, year-around visitation.
Cremation Choice #2: Ground Burial
Burial of cremated remains is available in one of our urn gardens or in a full-size burial space. Cremated remains may also be placed in a grave space already used for a casket interment.
We offer a variety of granite and bronze memorial choices uniquely-designed to commemorate the lives of those who opt for cremation burial:
Complete cremation burial arrangement for two
This distinctive cremation arrangement makes perfect sense to many people because it offers the simplicity of cremation as well as providing a permanent place for family and friends to visit and reminisce.
This popular package includes: cremation burial space for two in a cremation garden, perpetual care, companion bronze memorial, two built-in urns, bronze patrician vase, granite base and interment charges.
Cremation burial arrangements for individuals as well as other budget-friendly cremation burial packages are also available.
Cremation Choice #3: Scattering Garden (Northwood Park Location)
It’s wise to carefully consider the consequences of disposing of cremated remains because the scattering of cremated remains is irreversible. If not given serious consideration, scattering can deny a family and its future generations of a permanent memorial where the life lived can be recognized, remembered and honored.
For that reason, we have created a dedicated, scattering garden that honor the wishes of those who prefer scattering while also giving their family and friends a specific location to gather and reminisce.
Longview Memorial Park offers a dedicated scattering wall that honor the wishes of those who prefer scattering while also giving their family and friends a specific location to gather and reminisce.
A number of scattering garden memorials — including a unique selection of heart-shaped and oval granite stones — are available for placement in one of our scattering gardens.