families that opting for cremation instead of burial. And while the
reasons are varied and personal, most families still choose traditional
funeral services to accompany the cremation.
Like burial, there are important purchasing decisions to
consider with cremation. For example, what type of cremation container to
choose, what type of urn to purchase or whether to select a Keepsake™
urn as a permanent memorial to your loved one. Because these decisions are
often difficult, this section is dedicated to providing you with the
information you need to make well-informed decisions regarding your
cremation container, urn and Keepsake™ urn selections.
Many people believe that choosing cremation means limiting their
funeral service choices. That is not so. Like burial, most families hold
personal services, which help the bereaved cope with the loss of a loved
Viewing the Body
As with burial, many families choose to have the deceased present
during a ceremony prior to cremation. Many find the viewing to be helpful
- providing a positive and peaceful image of the person to add to their
memories. It also allows family and friends to gather and provide comfort
to one another. Visitations can be public - open to all who wish to
attend, or private - open only to family members and close friends at the
immediate family's request. Regardless of the family’s choice, this
tradition gives family members and friends the opportunity to say their
final goodbyes prior to cremation and disposition of the remains.
One of the greatest misconceptions about cremation is that no
funeral service is held when cremation is chosen. Just as with burial, a
service is an important step in helping bereaved persons move through
their grief, and in offering family and friends the opportunity to honor a
A memorial service can be religious or secular, with or without
the body present. Though they’re often held in a funeral home, memorial
services can also take place in other meaningful areas. More than one
memorial service may be held, particularly if friends and relatives
located in different parts of the country are unable to travel to one
Plan Your Own
Personalization is a valuable element of today’s funerals. A
ceremony can be individualized with musical selections, readings, and
displays to reflect the person's life, occupation and interests. It may
reflect one's religious beliefs as a re-affirmation of faith in a greater
life beyond this world. It may center on an ethnic background, social
affiliation, occupation or hobbies of the deceased. Inviting friends and
family to stand and say a few informal comments about the deceased can be
very helpful to survivors. Family members are encouraged to express any
ideas that will create a more meaningful and personalized service.
Other Service Choices
Grave site services offer family and friends the opportunity to
give final parting words and thoughts prior to final disposition of their
loved one. While some families prefer the simplicity of having a service
held only at the grave site, others prefer services in a church or funeral
home and at the grave.
As you can see below, cremation caskets and containers are available
in a wide variety of styles and prices. But before making any decisions,
you will want to consider the type of service that is planned. For
example, when a traditional ceremony has been scheduled, many families
prefer the design and ornamentation of a cremation casket. However, if a
memorial service (without the body present) is planned, you may choose a
hardboard or fiberboard container. Alternative containers are also
available; however, they offer no interiors and are usually constructed of
cardboard. These are suitable when no viewing or service has been
scheduled. We will be able to advise you on what type
of casket or container is most appropriate.
wood caskets are often selected by those individuals who cherish the
warmth and beauty of natural materials and are typically selected when a
viewing and/or service has been scheduled. Traditional caskets are
available in a wide range of prices and offer the design and ornamentation
typically associated with a funeral service.
Cremation wood caskets are constructed specifically for cremation.
Their design is simple without the handles or ornamentation of traditional
wood caskets. As a result, they are typically less expensive, yet
crafted with the same quality and care and appropriate when services have
caskets are the first caskets made specifically for cremation with the
look of wood, yet are lighter in weight and fully combustible. Made from a
mixture of composite and solid wood, these containers are less expensive
than wood caskets.
fiberboard containers meet the special needs of families on a budget, as
well as Batesville’s exacting standard of quality. This lightweight,
heavy-duty container is constructed from fiberboard and will support
weight without worry.
Deciding what will be done with cremated remains may help you in
selecting an urn. An urn can serve as an important focal point at a
funeral or memorial service. Afterward, it can be buried in a family plot
at a cemetery, placed in a niche at a mausoleum or kept in the home. There
are urn styles that are especially appropriate when scattering is chosen.
When you choose an urn, you are creating a permanent memorial, one that
reflects your loved one’s character and your personal taste. That’s
why you are encouraged to take time to learn about the different materials
and designs presented below.
bronze urns are made of solid bronze, offering strength, durability and
beauty. Some have a traditional vase shape, while others are crafted works
of art featuring contemporary designs -- all of which are especially
appropriate for display in the home.
Constructed of solid bronze sheets, these urns are available in
cube or chest shapes. Most feature a beautiful brushed finish that can be
enhanced by personalizing with engraved names and dates or other
Wood urns are crafted from a wide range of species. Each features
hand finishing with top quality stains and lacquers. Like the sheet bronze
urn, wood urns can also be personalized.
Marble urns are crafted from natural marble and offer the
durability and strength of stone. Fashioned from solid blocks, unique
veining patterns make them distinctive. They are available in several
types of marble, in a variety of designs.
cast acrylic statuary urns provide another means to memorialize your loved
one. Designed from original artwork, these urns give the appearance of
multi-dimensional crystal and can be mounted on an elegant aluminum base.
Though designed to hold a small portion or all of the cremated remains,
cast acrylic urns are also used to hold special mementos or keepsake
items. Batesville also offers cloisonné, a 500-year-old tradition. Using
meticulous and skillful workmanship handed down from the Ming Dynasty,
this copper body and wire inlaid enamel is used to create some of
Batesville’s most beautiful and elegant urns.
Nothing is more personal than how you remember a loved one and a
Memento™ chest is part of that remembrance. When scattering is chosen as
the means of final disposition, the remains are held in a temporary
container within a Memento™ memorabilia chest. After scattering, the
chest is then used as a receptacle for personal items. They come in a
variety of hardwood species and can be personalized.
When scattering or any other form of final disposition is chosen,
a portion of the cremated remains may be retained in a smaller
Keepsake™ urn. The Keepsake™ urn can then become a focal point
of memorialization in the home, office or anywhere appropriate. When
cremated remains are divided among family members and friends, these
smaller size urns are particularly suitable for holding portions of the
A permanent memorial -- whether a cemetery marker, planting a tree, or
a decorative urn -- can hold important emotional value. A permanent
memorial establishes a place where current and future generations can go
to remember a departed loved one.
Living Memorial® Tree
Memorial® tree planting program, offered through your local funeral
service professional, is a special way to honor the memory of a loved one.
When families select an Options® cremation product, funeral directors can
arrange for a tree seedling to be planted free of charge in a national
forest as a tribute to the deceased. Since Batesville established the
Living Memorial® program in 1976, more than seven million trees have been
planted, reforesting 14,500 acres.
Because the memories you hold of your loved one are precious and
unique, an urn can serve as the perfect memorial. Selecting the right urn
will help you honor your loved one, while offering an excellent
opportunity to memorialize their interests and lifestyle.
Nothing is more personal than how you remember a loved one and a
Memento™ memorabilia chest is part of that remembrance. Because the
cremated remains are held in a temporary container, Memento™ chests are
often used by families who choose to scatter. They come in a variety of
hardwood species and can be personalized.
When scattering or any other form of final disposition is chosen,
a portion of the cremated remains may be retained in a smaller Keepsake™
urn. The Keepsake™ urn can then become a focal point of
memorialization in the home, office or anywhere appropriate. When cremated
remains are divided among family members and friends, the smaller-size
urns are particularly suitable for holding a portion of the cremated
Markers and Monuments
When cremated remains are buried in a family plot or in a special
section of the cemetery, markers may be purchased to designate the burial
You remember something unique about every person you love. A
personalized urn helps that memory endure. Whether it is placed in an urn
niche, buried or kept in the home, an urn personalized with a special
engraving or design makes the commemoration even more meaningful and
comforting. It will always be a fitting tribute to the character and
qualities that made someone you love unique.
Personalize the Service
A ceremony can be individualized with musical selections, readings
and displays to reflect the person's life, occupation and interests. It
may reflect one's religious beliefs as a re-affirmation of faith in a
greater life beyond this world. It may center on an ethnic background or
social affiliation, occupation or hobbies of the deceased. Inviting
friends and family to stand and say a few informal words about the life of
the deceased can be very helpful to survivors. Family members are
encouraged to express any ideas that will create a more meaningful and
Personalize the Casket
Personalization is a valuable element of today’s funerals. As a
way to honor the deceased, many families customize the casket by adding
Whether you select a bronze, marble or hardwood urn, most urns can
be personalized with special designs or text.
-- urns can be engraved with names and dates, favorite quotations,
even photos and artwork. You can choose from a wide variety of themes
or supply your own.
attractive appliqués can reflect a loved one’s personality or
interests. Many themes and designs are available. Appliqués can also
be combined with engraving.
~Medallions -- solid
brass service medallions commemorate time spent in various branches of
the armed services. Medallions can be used alone or combined with
There are a variety of choices for the final disposition of cremated
remains. Urns or other containers may be placed in a niche at a
columbarium, a structure designed to contain cremated remains. Families
may elect to bury the urn in a family plot or cemetery, or the urn may be
kept in another place of personal significance, such as the home. Subject
to some restrictions, cremated remains can be scattered by air, over the
ground or water. Your funeral director is knowledgeable about allowable
practices in your community. Some cemeteries offer areas for scattering
and may provide a space where families can place a commemorative plaque or
Usually cremated remains are placed in some type of permanent
receptacle or memorial urn before being committed to a final resting
place. The urn can be buried in a family plot or urn garden, with a marker
Some families choose to place cremated remains in a columbarium as
the final resting place. A columbarium is an arrangement of niches that
may be an entire building, a complete room, a series of special indoor
alcoves, a bank along a corridor, or part of an outdoor garden setting.
Columbariums are often constructed of permanent materials such as bronze,
marble, brick, stone, or concrete.
As a permanent memorial to the deceased, many families choose to
place the cremated remains of their loved one in the home. Many urns are
fashioned as statuary works of art for display there.
Whether it’s near famous landmarks, well-known bodies of water
or pristine natural settings, the scattering of cremated remains is a
popular disposition method. Whether you choose total scattering
(dispensing all of the cremated remains) or ceremonial scattering
(sprinkling just a small portion), you may want to consider some form of
memorialization. Most people find consolation knowing there is a specific
place to visit when they wish to remember and feel close to the person
they have lost, regardless of whether the deceased person's remains are
actually located at that place. Because many communities prohibit
scattering, talk to us regarding any local ordinances.