Choosing the Products
Now that you have thought more about burial or cremation for your loved one, you will need to choose the products such as caskets, cremation containers, personalization pieces and memorialization products. Below is a general idea of what can be available from a funeral home.
Funeral homes have a number of caskets that you can choose from. Choose from wood caskets, metal caskets or specialty caskets such as those designed for religious considerations or green burials.
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If you have chosen cremation, caskets designed specifically for cremation are available at the funeral home for your selection. Colorado law does not require the purchase of a cremation casket. An "Alternative Container" - alternative to a casket - may be used in lieu of a cremation casket. Colorado law does require that a person must be in either a casket or alternative container prior to the cremation.
Outer Burial Containers
Outer Burial Containers (or vaults as most people call them)
Outer burial vaults are used primarily for two specific reasons:
To support the grave, we have all walked in cemeteries, and have found the ground to be very uneven in many areas. The use of a vault eliminates the settling of the grave. All of the cemeteries in our area require the use of burial vaults.
To protect the casket and remains. For many families this is extremely important and to some families it is not. Most cemeteries have some water issues below the surface of the ground. In recent years vaults have been designed not only to give support to the grave, but also to provide protection from water entering the vault and its long term affect on the casket.
Outer burial containers range in quality from basic concrete grave boxes or grave liners to lined burial vaults which are designed for families who wish a more permanent protective burial vault.
Lined burial vaults are constructed with a combination of concrete cores, steel reinforcement and with inner liner materials ranging from ABS plastic, Polystyrene, Stainless Steel to the maximum lining for the maximum protection available such as a Copper or Bronze lining. These vaults have a unique tongue and grove design in the lid and the body of the vault. A special sealant is applied before the lid is moved into place. All outer burial vault lids have the deceased's name, year of birth and year of death inscribed on a special plate. The vault companies have the ability to personalize the lid of the vault upon the request of your funeral director.
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When cremation occurs generally the cremated remains are placed in a permanent urn. The urn may be present for services, used for the final interment or kept in a special place in the home. Urns are made of numerous materials generally in categories of hardwood, metal or stone. Many families have appreciated the option of personalized engraving. This may include an inscription of the deceased's name and dates of birth an death. A wide selection of symbols is also available which may reflect hobbies, interests or affiliations. We also offer a selection of temporary urns for those selecting scattering, and miniature urns also called "keepsakes" such as sharing urns, urn jewelry, and custom blown glass art. Technology today has made available the process of producing genuine diamonds - made entirely from your loved one's cremated remains. Ask one of our funeral directors about the many options available to you.
The value of an urn is determined by the material from which is it made and the craftsmanship involved in its production. A wide range is offered providing choices in all price ranges.
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As you begin to think about personalizing the funeral, turn your thoughts to your memories of the person who died. Think about his or her qualities and what he or she meant to others. Consider his or her passions, hobbies, pastimes, likes, dislikes.
You might try making a list of the following:
Attributes or passions of the person who died
Special memories to share
Achievements of the person who died
Important people to include somehow
Personalize the elements of ceremony
Once you've given thought to the unique life and personality of the person who died, it's time to incorporate those memories into the funeral plan. Be creative as you, together with your family, friends, funeral director and the person who will lead the service, brainstorm how to remember and honor this special person.
A good way to personalize the funeral is to personalize the common elements of funeral ceremonies:
The committal service
The gathering or reception
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There are a number of ways to memorialize your loved one and ensure they are remembered and honored. Choose from a line of personalized stationary to send those attending the service home with a keepsake, or honor the life lived with a DVD Life Tribute Video. There are many memorialization options that can help you say your final goodbyes and remember a life well lived.
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If you have questions or would like to explore your options, please contact us.