Cremation Options

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Cremation and Funerals

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial.

They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home will assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call 703-425-9702.

The Complete Cremation Service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket, which is a casket that is designed to be cremated. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials (e.g., cardboard or plastic) or constructed out of more protective materials such as basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and wood.

The Direct Cremation Service is a disposition option in which the body is cremated “directly” and where no funeral services are held beforehand. In many circumstances, a memorial service or memorial visitation is held at the funeral home, a church or other location. Having some type of service or ceremony is a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death. Local laws and funeral home polices will need to be met prior to the cremation taking place.


Importance of Memorialization

Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.

Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home can assist you with the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:

Memorialization Options for Cremation

Outdoor Niches – The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches.

Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.

Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.

Personalized Memorialization – Inscribe your family member’s name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We also have custom, unique urns and keepsakes, perfect for displaying inside your home. For an overview of these items, please visit our Merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.

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