For families in El Cerrito, Oakland, Berkeley, and Piedmont, the choice of whether to have a traditional burial or cremation can be very personal. You have to take into consideration preferences, religious and cultural beliefs, and budget. At Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary, we believe, ultimately, you have to decide what makes sense for you and your family.
With more people choosing cremation, it is important to be informed before making any decisions about funeral arrangements. If you are considering cremation, you might be unsure if you can have a visitation or funeral service with cremation. Perhaps you have questions about how it’s possible to create a meaningful, personalized service that still meets all your needs.
As the preferred cremation provider in El Sobrante, Kensington, Richmond, Pinole, and Albany, our team at Sunset View Cemetery & Mortuary can help you determine your cremation options. To help get you started, we have provided a Q&A to guide you through some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation.
- Why do people choose burial versus cremation?
- An individual’s choice of burial over cremation is often based on family traditions and/or family beliefs. Often, this choice is directly related to one’s religion.
- Can there be a funeral with cremation?
- Yes, based on the needs of the family. A family can decide where in the funeral process they want the cremation to occur. Cremation can occur immediately with no visitation, after a private visitation, or after a traditional visitation. State laws typically dictate a waiting period before cremation can occur. During this time, very close family and friends often request a final viewing. Our funeral directors can help with any of your requests. The memorial service is a gathering which differs from a funeral only in that the deceased is not present. Clergy may be present to contribute verbal support or to offer a prayer. Other speakers can also preside.
- Can the body be present at a funeral with cremation?
- Probably the biggest misconception about cremation is that there can be no funeral if cremation is chosen. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most people choosing cremation prefer to have a funeral with cremation afterwards. Many experts in the field of psychology recommend a funeral service as a way help with the grieving process. They feel the process helps loved ones move ahead with their lives following a loss.
- Do you need a casket for a cremation?
- When there is a funeral, a container is necessary to transport the deceased to the crematory. Many crematories require a rigid container. Unique casket designs and cremation containers also allow family members a tangible way to express their care while adding beauty to the ceremony. We will explain your various casket and cremation container options for use in a funeral or memorial service.
While there are many memorial options, our team at Sunset View knows there is one that is perfect for you or your loved one. Contact us today, and we will help discover whether cremation is right for you.