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   Cremation Options

Overview of Cremation

Cremation is a method of final disposition of human remains upon death. It is a process through which the human remains are reduced to small fragments of bone through the use of intense heat. Cremation expedites the reduction of the body to bone fragments. The end result is referred to as cremains, cremated remains, or ashes.

Cremation can follow a traditional service which can include viewing of the deceased with public or private visitation, Church service or service at the Funeral Home. A Memorial Service can also be held with or without the cremains present, either at the Funeral Home or House of Worship. Arrangements can be simple or as elaborate as one wishes.

Cremation and Funerals

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process.  A funeral service that is followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial or entombment.  These can be elaborate or simple, traditional or non traditional.  Arrangements and ceremonies usually tend to be as individual as the persons for whom, and by whom they are made.  They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning . At Holmdel Funeral Home we are able to assist you in any and all of your funeral service needs.  To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call 732-946-3322.

The Traditional Cremation Service

The Traditional Cremation Service is exactly like a traditional service except that cremation will follow instead of a casketed burial.  This can be accommodated by the use of a wooden casket, or a cremation casket which is specifically designed for cremation.  Following the viewing, visitation, funeral services, and the cremation the cremated remains can be buried in a family plot, properly scattered, entombed in a niche, or returned to the family for safe keeping.  Urns can be selected to accommodate any choices that are made. Urns can be constructed of basic materials like cardboard and plastic, or more protective materials such as wood, basic and semi precious metals, ceramic, and cultured and natural marble.

The Immediate Cremation Service

The immediate cremation service is an immediate disposition of the body as soon after death occurs as possible.
In New Jersey, 24 hours must have elapsed between the time of death and the cremation taking place.  Other factors that may influence this arrangement are securing the necessary documents that are required as well.
This arrangement does not include any visitation, viewing, or services prior to the cremation. Most times though this arrangement is followed by a memorial service at a church, at home, at the funeral home, or at some other location selected by the survivors.   A memorial service is one where the body is not present.

 It might be beneficial for you to consider arranging to view the body privately as a family prior to the cremation. Some have found this to be a form of final closure. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred.   Having some type of service or ceremony is a  key ingredient to a healthy recovery of the loss due to a death.  If the cremation could not be done within 48 hours of death, then embalming may be required.


Memorializing provides a permanent and secure place for the cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.

Cremation allows families many choices for Memorializing a loved one.  Some families choose to keep the cremated remains at home with them, some to scatter them over land or sea, or to inter them in a family plot.
Arranging for a Niche is another way in which the cremated remains are kept in a safe place.

Holmdel Funeral Home can assist you in considering some of the options listed below:

NICHES – many of the Cemeteries do have Niches available. These are above ground spaces that are designed to hold cremated cremains.

TRADITIONAL BURIAL – the cremated remains are buried in a Cemetery plot, which can also be a plot already owned by the family. Some Cemeteries will require that the cremated remains be placed into a burial vault. This requirement may vary with each particular Cemetery.

RETAINED AT HOME – the cremated remains may be kept at home with family members. An Urn is usually selected which is then engraved  with the name of the deceased. Some find this to be a way of keeping them as close as possible.

At Holmdel Funeral Home, we would appreciate the opportunity of being able to answer any additional questions that you may have.  We would also be able to make an appointment with you to discuss not only Cremation, but all funeral arrangements and funeral pre-planning as well.

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