All About Cremation
Create a modern memorial for your loved one’s remains.
Many people are choosing to cremate, but that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice the healing, traditional elements of a burial. Let us help you create a memorial onsite—because it’s helpful for many families to have a physical marker of remains. We can provide a range of flowers and décor accessories so you can best reflect your loved one. An onsite memorial becomes a place to commemorate a life and gather beyond the home, at a permanent and meaningful location In addition, please know you can bring remains to the cemetery any time, even long after cremation.
Cremation Options at Brooklawn
Brooklawn offers several options for families that have chosen cremation.
Ground burial: Many families choose traditional ground burial. Urns can be buried in ground plots with flat bronze markers.
Columbarium: A columbarium is an above ground monument with several niches designed to hold individual urns.
Scattering Gardens: Brooklawn has separated and sacred scattering garden areas.
Cremation Posts: Small monuments that store a loved one's urn line our various walkways.
Family Monument Estates: Private cremation monument estates for an entire family.
You might think a cremation service is different than a traditional funeral, but it doesn’t have to be. A funeral involving cremation can be as traditional as you like or as unique as you choose to make it. Cremation actually offers more options to families as to how, when and where they will memorialize their loved one.
To put it simply, cremation is a means by which the human body can be transformed into its most basic elements. Our goals at Brooklawn are to ensure that your loved one is treated with the respect and dignity he or she deserves throughout the entire cremation process and to protect the integrity of the cremated remains.
In order to achieve that, Brooklawn has created and adheres to a strict process:
- Names. Every body that comes into Brooklawn is a loved person, and we honor that by using their full names, not last names, not numbers.
- Focus. We only allow one body in each crematory process area at a time, and each family’s loved one is accompanied with a stainless steel identification medallion throughout the entire process.
- Checks. We have built nine checks into the cremation process to ensure the correct identity of the remains.
- Integrity. We maintain a clean facility at all times, thoroughly cleaning each unit after each cremation to protect the integrity of the remains.
- Certification. Brooklawn certifies all its crematory staff through ongoing education with the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. David is a certified crematory counselor, administrator and operator.
Types of Cremation Services
Below you'll find the most common types of cremation services. The funeral home that is serving your family can help educate you on the options and benefits of each.
Graveside Funeral Services
Create a permanent gathering place for your loved one's cremated remains, where loved ones can honor and reminisce.
For those who want the ease of cremation, without sacrificing a permanent resting place to gather and remember. Your funeral director can guide you through the service possibilities for your loved one's cremated remains, including an outdoor graveside funeral or cremation columbaria. Personalize your loved one's service to honor them, through military honors, masonic rights or religious leadership.
Healing ceremonies that pay tribute to your loved one.
A beautiful service that is held at the cemetery, following a funeral at mortuary chapel or your place of religious worship. Gather around your loved one's cremated remains to commemorate their life and honor the memories shared. This symbolic service is a beautiful step forward in the healing process, and can accompany many end of life options.
We can help you memorialize a loved one when scattering ashes.
This act can be an important way to begin to let go. And it can be a creative, thoughtful reflection of your loved one. From sending remains in to space to letting them go at sea, we can help you plan a unique way to memorialize a life through scattering cremated remains.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to consult with a funeral director?
Absolutely. A funeral director is an expert in all of the decisions and plans that need to be made during this difficult time, including memorial plans and transportation of your loved one. By Maine state law, funeral homes cannot own and operate crematories. You will need a funeral director to arrange cremation for you.
- Can I visit Brooklawn Memorial Park and Crematory?
Yes. We welcome visitors anytime. Our first priority is to respect the remains of the deceased, so we may need to ask you to wait until we have completed a cremation process before you enter the facility. We would also be happy to make arrangements for you to be present before, during or after the cremation of your loved one, depending on your wishes.
- What are my options for after the cremation?
Your funeral director will advise you on this decision as well, but you should know that you have a wide variety of options. Rather than being restricted to a cemetery, memorial services can be held at a funeral home, a place of worship or even a place that is significant to your family. Cremated remains can be interred in a cremation niche or a cemetery plot, or they can be retained by one or more family members or scattered at a spot that has meaning for you and your loved one.
- How do different religions view cremation?
Most major religions approve of cremation. Seek the advice of a religious leader in your faith for specific information about how your religion views cremation.
- What are some of the reasons to choose cremation?
Many people choose cremation because it is a family or religious tradition or because it allows them greater options for a final resting place. Cremation is also an environmentally conscious choice as well as an affordable option.
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