If your loved one has recently passed away or if you are doing your estate planning and want to plan out your own funeral, you may be considering cremation services in Reading, PA. At the Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home, we are happy to help you consider all your options and choose the funeral that is right for you and your family. While cremation may be a simple way to put your loved one to rest, it doesn’t’ mean you can’t still have a traditional funeral service as well. Here are some of your options.
When you have a funeral with cremated ashes, you can display the ashes in an urn much like you would the body in a casket. This gives loved ones a chance to approach the deceased and pay their respects. It also gives you something to center the ceremony around. You can choose an urn of your choice and we will prepare the ashes and add them to the urn for the funeral. You can then choose if you want to divide the ashes by family member after the funeral.
Many people send flowers and other gifts to the family members of the deceased. Even if you choose cremation services, you can still receive flowers and gifts from friends and acquaintances. The flowers can be displayed around the room and near the urn so those who pay their respects can see them. Once the funeral is over the flowers and gifts will be sent with the recipients.
Some people choose to play music during a funeral. It’s typically played throughout the viewing while people pay respects to the deceased. It may also be played before or during a funeral ceremony. You can still choose which music you want to have played at a cremation funeral. We can work with you to choose the right songs and decide when to play them. We have a variety of music to choose from or you can make your own playlist and choose which songs to play.
Final Resting Place
Even with a cremation ceremony, you have to choose the final resting place for your loved one. You can choose to take the ashes home in the urn, or you can decide if you want to spread them in a special place, bury them, or opt for a water burial. We can assist you by preparing the ashes to meet your needs and placing them in the correct type of urn.
If you are considering cremation services in Reading, PA, be sure to call the Whelan Schwartz Funeral Home to learn about your options. We can help you plan the perfect funeral for yourself or a loved one. You can also stop by to view our facilities and plan the funeral in person. We are located at 444 N 9th St, Reading, PA 19601. We can tell you more about our funeral and cremation service options and help you with your plans.