Cremation is a disposition that entails many options and also brings
many questions and, sometimes, misconceptions. In Massachusetts,
regulations prohibit a funeral home from owning and or operating
a crematory. However, it is our role to arrange for the cremation
to take place.
The most basic choice would be a direct cremation in which no services
are held. However, this is not the only option. Cremation is ultimately
a form of disposition in which visiting hours, if desired, still
may be held, a funeral mass still may be celebrated, or a funeral
service may be conducted. Also, the same services held may take
place after the cremation, with the cremains, rather than the body,
The decision regarding what to do with the cremains is ultimately
a personal preference. Options include burying the cremains, placing
them in a niche, scattering the cremains, or keeping the cremains.
We listen to what the family asks for and help them with the decisions
that will guide them to make the funeral service they desire both
personal and meaningful.