What's Included with a Direct Cremation with Memorial Gathering to Follow?

With this option, your loved one is cremated before the Memorial Gathering. The cremated remains are then placed in an urn and are present for the Memorial Gathering. After the Memorial Gathering, the cremated remains are then released to the family or informant.

Our Direct Cremation with Memorial Gathering to Follow (Body Not Present) includes:

- Local transfer of remains from place of death to our facility
- Services of our funeral director(s) and staff
- Obtaining necessary authorizations
- Local transportation of remains to the crematory
- An alternative container for cremation
- Return of the cremated remains to our facility
- Memorial Gathering held at our facility with cremated remains placed in an urn
- Following Memorial Gathering, release of cremated remains to the next-of-kin or informant

What are the Additional Benefits of having a Memorial Gathering after Direct Cremation?

A Memorial Gathering is a time that is set aside for friends and family to pay respects to the person who has passed away. Many families host the Memorial Gathering at the funeral home once the cremated remains are present. The Memorial Gathering can be as religious or non-denominational as you want. At the end of the gathering, if the family elects to have a service, a Hospice Chaplain, Priest, Imam, or speaker  will say a few words.

The body itself is not present during a Memorial Gathering. Instead, the cremation urn, some photographs, and meaningful personal items are displayed for friends and family. There is usually a guestbook or registry that guests can sign, if that’s something the family wants.

Even though the body is not present, a Memorial Gathering provides a sense of closure to friends and family. This can provide much needed comfort to survivors, who are then able to begin grieving knowing that the person they care about is at rest.

It is a great option for those who don’t want to have the body of the deceased present. A Memorial Gathering can be public, which is open to the community, or private, where only those who are invited by the family are allowed to attend.