Cremation Options

  • Understanding Cremation
  • Direct Cremations
  • Direct Cremations with a Memorial Service

Understanding Cremation

Although cremation dates back to ancient times, it has only recently become a more common choice throughout the United States. Cremation is one way in which the body is handled after death in preparation for permanent memorialization. The cremation process uses intense heat to reduce the body into fragments that are processed into a fine powder.  The cremated remains are returned to the family in a standard crematory container unless specified otherwise.  Families have the option to leave their loved one in the crematory container for burial or transfer the cremated remains into an urn or more permanent container.      

We always care for the deceased with the utmost dignity and respect. We attend to all the details surrounding a death and cremation in the timeliest manner.  We have a strict code of ethics, conduct, and procedures that we adhere to while your loved one is in our care.  We have a preferred crematory that is located in Oscoda, Michigan that we know and trust to uphold these ethical standards as well.  The crematory is licensed through the state of Michigan and is required by law to abide by the state requirements.  As a part of our funeral home procedures, one of our staff will accompany your loved one to the crematory and will bring the cremated remains back to the funeral home. 

After working with families for generations, we believe strongly in saying good-bye and that a ceremony and memorialization are vital to grief recovery. We offer numerous memorial options, so that each family does what is meaningful and beneficial to them. 

Direct Cremations

Direct cremations involve the removal and transportation of the deceased to either the funeral home or if specified by the family, directly to the crematory.  We offer the opportunity, if desired, for up to five family members to identify the deceased at the funeral home prior to cremation.  If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after death has occurred, then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing cannot be done within 48 hours then embalming is required.  If the deceased is not embalmed then the identification time is limited to 15 minutes due to health and sanitary reasons.  Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of gathering or memorial service is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery after the loss of a loved one.

Direct Cremations with a Memorial Service

A direct cremation with a memorial service will be handled just like a direct cremation, but is followed by a memorial service at the funeral home, church or other location.  A memorial service is one where the body is not present, but most often, the cremated remains are displayed at the service.  Floral tributes, pictures, and/or family heirlooms and memorabilia may be placed around the room. There may also be a visitation time immediately prior to the memorial service. During a memorial service, family and friends gather to celebrate and mourn. At the funeral home, the funeral director or the family arrange for a clergy person or other officiant to conduct the service. A church ceremony is generally planned in coordination with a clergy person or other church representative. Special music, readings and a eulogy may be incorporated into the service.  Following the memorial service, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

Cremation services allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Buresh Funeral Homes, Inc. is privileged to offer all cremation services.  For any questions regarding our cremation services, please do not hesitate to call any of our locations.