Funeral or Memorial Services with Cremation

Funeral or Memorial Services with Cremation

The cremation of a loved one does not end upon the acceptance of their ashes. Some prefer setting up a traditional funeral or a memorial service to show how much a family member means.

 If you’re wondering whether you can have a funeral or memorial services with cremation, National Cremation has the answer: Yes, you can.

Funeral or Memorial Service?

Many among us wonder what the difference is between a funeral and a memorial service.

One key difference is that funeral services usually take place prior to the cremation, while memorial services are performed after the cremation. These services may also be done with or without the decedent’s cremated remains.

 Both possess the same elements, such as opening greetings, prayers, eulogies, family, and friends sharing memories of the deceased, and readings of Biblical passages.

However, much of what’s involved in the funeral or memorial service depends upon the preferences of the decedent’s family. For example, some family members may not choose to have music played in the cemetery; others may prefer a different service, especially if it is for a veteran. 

If you are not sure whether to choose a funeral or a memorial service for your loved one, please contact National Cremation for assistance.

How To Have a Funeral or Memorial Service With Cremation

Funeral services are part of our culture but differ due to religious beliefs. Some choose to have a traditional funeral service with the burial of the urn in a cemetery. Others have a funeral service with a scattering of ashes. Discuss options with us at National Cremation by calling one of our offices near you.

Another option is a cremation memorial service. This can be in addition to a prayer service at a chapel or mortuary. At a cemetery, the urn is placed on a headstone for the deceased. Family and friends gather to pray, read passages from religious scriptures, light candles, and leave flowers and keepsakes on the headstone.

Cremation offers flexibility for choosing between funeral or cremation services. For many family members, dividing the loved one’s ashes into several urns allows for a separate ceremony at another place and time. This gives family and friends a chance to memorialize their beloved family member according to their preferences.

Funeral and Memorial Services for Veterans

Veterans can receive cremation and burial benefits if eligible. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, a veteran’s family may bury or inter their loved one’s ashes at any National Cemetery that accepts cremains.

Funeral or memorial services for veterans may involve a different ceremony with the addition of government-issued headstones, Presidential Memorial Certificates, medals, burial flags, and a military honors ceremony.

“Upon the family’s request, Public Law 106-65 requires that every eligible Veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps.” (National Cemetery Administration – Military Funeral Honors)

 Information on burial benefits for veterans is covered on the VA website. To receive assistance regarding veteran’s cremation benefits and services from National Cremation, please call (855) 469-9474 to speak with a representative.

National Cremation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of simple and affordable cremation services. Whether you have an immediate need or want to plan your cremation services in advance, we’re always available to assist you and your family. Contact us online or call (855)-469-9474 today.


Special thanks to Dorsey Thomas, location manager of National Cremation Atlanta, GA for his support and contributions to this post.