Cremation Service Options
Our Pledge to You
The Vander Plaat Memorial Home will provide dignified cremation service no matter what cremation option you select. Your love one will remain in our care until the cremation process begins. One of our fully licensed New Jersey Funeral Directors will witness the cremation process begin at the crematory to insure that your loved one will not be left unattended at the crematory.
Not Always Without Ceremony
Many people believe that at the time of death, only two basic choices exist: immediate cremation of the body or a complete funeral, including viewing, followed by burial. In fact, several options are available for those who prefer cremation. Cremation and burial both are defined as methods of caring for the body, and are just one part of a funeral service.
Just like burial, cremation can occur after a funeral service where the casket is present at a place of worship or the funeral home. Likewise, cremation can occur before a memorial service. The urn may be present for the memorial visitation and memorial service, depending on the family's wishes.
And, as with burials, a cremation funeral may be preceded by a period of visitation. During this time and before the service, the casket may be open or closed, according to the preferences of your family. After cremation, a public or private service may be arranged for the final placement of the cremated remains.
An accurate comparison of the cost of cremation must include the services chosen to be a part of the total funeral. We can offer current information on cremation costs and will, at the time of arrangement, provide a complete listing of charges for the services you select.
It is the goal of Vander Plaat Memorial Home to provide you and your family the funeral service that is most meaningful to you. Our Funeral Directors can help you create a service that will remember and celebrate the memory of your loved one. We have provided here just a few of the service options that are available to you. Your funeral service should be customized to reflect your wishes and the wishes of the family. Remember that any of the options list below can be customized to fit your needs.
Compete Funeral Service
A complete or traditional funeral service is one that will include a family or public viewing of the deceased. Following the visitation will be a service, typically at a place of Worship or at the funeral home. After the service the cremation of the remains of your loved one will occur.
A memorial visitation is a time for the family or public to gather at the funeral home after the cremation has occurred with or without the cremated remains present. Following the gathering, either the same day or the following day, will be a service, typically at a place of Worship or at the funeral home.
A memorial service is a time for family and public to gather for a service at the funeral home or place of worship with or without the cremated remains present.
A non-ceremonial or "direct cremation" refers to a cremation being provided while limiting funeral services to basic services of funeral director and staff. The local (within 15 miles) transfer of your loved one to our funeral home, the basic sheltering of your loved one. The obtaining of the necessary permits and authorization, local transportation to the crematory, sanitary care and preparation of remains for identification.
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