Can I Have A Cremation and a Visitation?

By: Graeme Hogle
Friday, October 12, 2018

It isn’t uncommon for people to believe that if they opt for a cremation, they cannot have any other formal funeral service like a visitation. However, this is a misconception. Even if a family member is to be cremated, there are various visitation options to choose from. Here is some more information about this aspect:

1. Wake Vs. Visitation

A wake & visitation are events that are conducted before the funeral service (either a cremation/burial). These will allow family members, acquaintances, and friends the opportunity to bid farewell to the deceased person. In a wake, the decedent’s body would be placed at the venue. However, a body is not mandatory during a visitation.

2. Embalming Is Possible

Most people feel that if a body is to be cremated, it cannot be embalmed. This is a fallacy because the embalming fluids to not interfere in any way with the cremation process. The deceased person can be embalmed at the funeral parlor and a wake can be conducted before the cremation. However, if you are planning on having a visitation, you do not have to be worried about the embalming aspect as there would be no body present.

3. Having an Urn at a Visitation

It is possible to have a visitation after the cremation. You can store the ashes of the decedent in and an urn and place that at the visitation venue. This acts as a replacement for the deceased individual’s physical body.

You have the option to complete the visitation prior to the cremation as well. If the cremation is going to be held very quickly after the death of the person, it wouldn’t be necessary to embalm the body for the visitation.

If you want more information on cremations and visitations, get in touch with us at The CremationCare Centre. You can call us at 416-255-0035 or reach out via our online form anytime.

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