Can I Have A Cremation And A Visitation?

By: Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home
Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Cremation and visitation are two standard practices in funeral arrangements that provide families with options to honor and remember their loved ones. A cremation is a process in which the body is reduced to its basic elements through intense heat, while a visitation is a gathering of friends and family to pay their last respects to the deceased person. Having a cremation and a visitation allows families to hold a traditional viewing, followed by a cremation service and memorialization at a later date.

At Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home, we have seen that some families prefer to memorialize their cherished ones and keep them very close by bringing the ashes home. Others choose to scatter the ashes at a place that held deep personal meaning to the departed soul. Still, others may bury them in the family plot or install them in a columbarium at a cemetery. There are many choices.

Difference Between A Wake And Visitation

A wake or visitation is a gathering of friends and family to pay their last respects to a deceased person. It typically takes place before a funeral service and provides an opportunity for loved ones to offer condolences and support to each other.

A wake can be held at a funeral home, a place of worship, or the deceased person's home and may include the viewing of the body, a religious or spiritual ceremony, and a time for sharing memories and expressing emotions. The purpose of a wake is to provide a space for mourning, comfort, and community during a difficult time.

A Common Misunderstanding About A Cremation And A Visitation

The most common misconception about cremation and visitation is that the deceased cannot be embalmed if they wish to be cremated. That is not the case at all. Many people choose to embalm their bodies prior to cremation so that their loved ones can attend a proper viewing, wake, or funeral. Almost every aspect of funeral rituals can be tailored to the deceased's and their loved ones' final wishes.

The Different Types Of Caskets To Use

Some common types of caskets include:

  • Wood Caskets - These are traditional caskets that can be made from a variety of woods, such as pine, oak, and cherry.
  • Metal Caskets - These caskets are made from metals like stainless steel, copper, or bronze and are often more durable and resistant to the elements.
  • Eco-Friendly Caskets - These caskets are made from biodegradable materials like wicker, bamboo, or cardboard and are designed to have a lower environmental impact.
  • Custom Caskets - These caskets can be personalized to reflect the personality, interests, and style of the deceased person.

Cremation And A Visitation Process

After cremation, the remains, also known as ashes or cremains, are usually placed in an urn or other type of container. Some families choose to bury the urn in a cemetery, inter it in a columbarium, or scatter the ashes in a special place. Others prefer to keep the urn in their home or divide the ashes among family members.

The remains can also be memorialized in various ways, such as creating a memorial plaque, planting a tree, or incorporating the ashes into jewelry or art. Cremation and visitation offer families the opportunity to personalize the farewell process to their loved ones and accommodate their own beliefs, values, and customs while also providing the benefits of cremation, such as cost savings and greater flexibility in memorialization options.

We Help Organize Celebrations Of Life And Traditional Funerals

Many people now choose cremation and a visitation service, and we are happy to assist you. We're here to help you decide between the many options available at our funeral home. We handle all funeral or cremation arrangements so that you can concentrate on other things during this difficult time.

Our funeral director is here to answer any questions you may have about these arrangements. Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home can be reached at (928) 855-4949 in Lake Havasu or at (928) 753-2555 in Kingman. You can also use this Online Form to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible with the information you requested or to answer any questions you might have.

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