Cremation has been a choice of preparing a persons mortal remains for final disposition for centuries. Cremation probably dates back as far as 4000 B.C., and has been practiced throughout the world depending upon religious beliefs or a persons wealth. In Roman times, cremation was reserved only for those who had wealth, while in many Asian countries, cremation was almost the exclusive form of disposition.
At Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, we feel it is our obligation to explain to you all of the options you have with regard to the services you are requesting, it is also our obligation to listen to what your wishes may be. Cremation is a choice that is available to everyone, however, it is what we chose in the hours and days before cremation that may be different. There are only a few requirements that we would like to share with you about cremation in Massachusetts, a person may not be cremated until a 48 hour waiting period has passed, and a medical examiner has authorized the cremation process. Many crematories require at least the use of an alternative container (a container for holding the person, usually made of fiber board and particle board with no liner) for cremation, not necessarily a casket. In Massachusetts a funeral home may rent a casket for the purpose of viewing and funeral, the liner is then removed and cremated leaving the shell of the casket for re-use.
At Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, we take the time to offer you a wide variety of choices from the simple to more traditional. The following are just some of the choices that people have made with us:
- cremation service, with no casket or services
- a traditional funeral service, with a casket present for visitation, then a funeral service in our chapel or at a place of worship, followed by cremation, and burial of cremated remains in a cemetery.
- traditional service, with a casket for visitation, a funeral service at a place of worship, cremation, and the scattering of cremated remains, or family retention of remains.
- cremation service, with no casket present, followed by a memorial service with an urn present held in our chapel or place of worship or any other significant location, followed by burial in a cemetery, scattering, or family retention.
- Cremation services, followed by visitation with an urn present, followed by a memorial service, and burial or scattering, or family retention of remains.
The choices you can make are numerous, and we can help you make a decision about what is right for you and your family, and what might be the way you wish to memorialize the person who has died.