Cremation Services and Choices

As cremation continues to grow in popularity, so does the desire to add meaning by including a gathering or memorial service…either preceding or following the cremation. At the Neilan Funeral Home, we offer the families that we serve many options when choosing cremation, and your plan can be as simple or as personalized as you choose.

The choices can seem overwhelming, but there are really only four steps to making cremation arrangements:

  Step 1: Select the type of Service
  Step 2: Select Casket or Container
  Step 3: Choose an Urn
  Step 4: Determine final placement of your loved ones cremated  
remains - Burial, Scattering, or Home placement  

Service Options

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Complete Service with Cremation  

Traditional visitation (with open or closed casket), and services at the funeral home or alternate location, such as a church, with the cremation following. 

Visitation with Cremation

Family and friends gather to pay their respects, express their condolences and lend their support. The casket may be displayed open or closed. Cremation would take place after the visitation.

Memorial Service/Gathering

This service, gathering or memorial reception can be a simplified version of a traditional service or it may be personally designed by the family to meet their specific needs. It may be held at the funeral home, or a location of your choice. The casket is not present, but an urn may be present along with photographs and other memorabilia. 

Graveside Service

This is a service of remembrance held at the graveside or columbarium in the cemetery as the cremated remains are interred.

Direct Cremation

Cremation with no services. 

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Cremation Caskets & Containers Urns

Keepsakes and Jewelry Monuments



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