Obituaries

Dean Gelwicks
B: 1947-12-20
D: 2018-11-19
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Gelwicks, Dean
David Cook
B: 1959-03-17
D: 2018-11-17
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Cook, David
Ray Ankerbrand
B: 1944-12-04
D: 2018-11-16
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Ankerbrand, Ray
Barbara Barrows
B: 1927-01-10
D: 2018-11-15
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Barrows, Barbara
Milton Brown
B: 1924-08-13
D: 2018-11-15
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Brown, Milton
David Speer
B: 1945-06-03
D: 2018-11-15
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Speer, David
Margaret Jansen
B: 1927-03-25
D: 2018-11-14
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Jansen, Margaret
Ruth Zinn
B: 1927-08-08
D: 2018-11-14
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Zinn, Ruth
Robert Kennedy
B: 1954-08-19
D: 2018-11-13
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Kennedy, Robert
Guy McCoy
B: 1943-02-12
D: 2018-11-12
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McCoy, Guy
Sandra Kopenhaver
B: 1936-12-10
D: 2018-11-11
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Kopenhaver, Sandra
David Hobbs
B: 1980-10-19
D: 2018-11-11
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Hobbs, David
Bessie Thompson
B: 1942-10-08
D: 2018-11-10
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Thompson, Bessie
Danny Wilhelm
B: 1968-07-29
D: 2018-11-10
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Wilhelm, Danny
Martha Copeland
B: 1946-03-13
D: 2018-11-07
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Copeland, Martha
Doris Thomas
B: 1950-01-10
D: 2018-11-07
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Thomas, Doris
Evelyn Greiser
B: 1918-10-19
D: 2018-11-05
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Greiser, Evelyn
Roger Gilbert
B: 1946-06-02
D: 2018-11-05
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Gilbert, Roger
Ramona Conley
B: 1929-08-14
D: 2018-11-04
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Conley, Ramona
Hilary Tadych
B: 1945-10-02
D: 2018-11-03
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Tadych, Hilary
Keith Carbaugh
B: 1964-11-13
D: 2018-11-02
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Carbaugh, Keith

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Benefits of Cremation

In recent years, more and more families have found themselves having the cremation vs burial debate. For hundreds of years, burial has been the traditional way to care for the remains after a loved one’s passing. Recently though, more families have began to discover the benefits of cremation and are now opting for less traditional and more personalized services.
 
Choosing to be cremated is a deeply personal choice. Why one person chooses cremation may differ from someone else. Before making a decision on how to care for the remains, it’s important to understand cremation services and the advantages of this type of service. As we’ve said, there are many reasons to choose cremation. For some people, it comes down to practical reasons, others may have a fear of burial, and for some, it’s just the method of disposition they prefer.
 
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Why Choose Cremation

A cremation service offers many advantages compared to a traditional burial. While there are many reasons that someone might prefer cremation vs burial, the decision often comes down to cost, simplicity, and flexibility. 

Cost

Before making a major purchase, it’s important to establish a budget and know what you can afford. In most cases, the cost of a cremation service is typically less than the cost of a burial. Because there is no need to purchase items like a headstone, casket, or burial vault, the expenses are much less. What many families will do is use these savings to offset the cost of a celebration of life or memorial service.

Simplicity

Another popular reason for families to select cremation is because of the simplicity it offers. In the 48 hours following a loved one’s passing, the family has up to 70 decisions to make regarding the funeral and burial service. By comparison, the arrangement process for a cremation is much simpler. Instead of spending time away from your family, a brief arrangement conference is all that is required. This means your family has more time to comfort one another and plan a meaningful service of remembrance.

Flexibility 

Flexibility is another benefit of cremation services. Because the remains are cared for immediately, your family has more time to plan a meaningful service of remembrance. It is actually quite common for families to hold a celebration of life or memorial service weeks or months after the remains have been cremated. Another benefit of flexibility is the ability to relocate. Should your family move in the future, they can bring the cremated remains with them. Unlike with a burial service, it is much easier to move an urn across the country.

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

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.

Call us today to explore cremation options, and the many creative ways you can memorialize a loved one either before, or after, the cremation has occurred.