Riverview Funeral Home

Disposition Choices

How a body will be cared for after death is obviously an important and fundamental decision.

Burial

Today, most people in America are buried or entombed (which means the body is “buried” in an aboveground monument such as a mausoleum). People select burial based on a number of factors, including the desire to keep with family traditions, or, in some cases, for religious or cultural reasons. There are a number of cemeteries within the area, some operated by faith-based organizations like the Catholic Diocese or Jewish Cemetery Association, and others that are open to all faiths. Cost and availability of graves can vary widely across the different cemeteries, and we can help families find a location that suits their needs.

Cremation

Nationwide, about 25% of today’s funerals have cremation as their means of final disposition. The rate of cremation varies dramatically in different parts the country, with cremation more common in the Western United States. Further, the cremation rate is growing. The Cremation Association of North America estimates that it will reach 40% nationwide within 10 years. People’s rationale for cremation include personal beliefs, convenience, or financial basis. As more people are turning to cremation, many are recognizing that traditional elements of a funeral service, i.e. visitation time beforehand, a full funeral mass or ceremony, a memorial service afterwards, and a committal or scattering ritual can still be incorporated into the overall ceremony to make cremation a meaningful option that satisfies their need to still say goodbye.

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