Cremation



                        Family Cremation Choices


   We have compiled 10 cremation choices that we have the privilege of providing to you.  The choices include crematory and coroner fees.  When selecting merchandise such as cremation caskets, urns, urn vaults, keepsake jewelry, register books and memorial or prayer cards, the costs will be added on to the following Cremation Choice you select.

CHOICES 1-4: Require Embalming

1. Cremation with a viewing, funeral service and a cemetery committal.

2. Cremation with a viewing, funeral service. The remains are returned.

3. Cremation with a viewing and a cemetery committal.

4. Cremation with a viewing  only.  The remains are returned.

CHOICES 5-9: Direct Cremation With Optional Family Viewing

5. Direct cremation with visitation/service and a cemetery committal.

6. Direct cremation with a visitation/service. Remains are returned.

7. Direct cremation with a cemetery committal.

8. Direct cremation with assistance in writing/placing full obituary in newspapers, cemetery scheduling, notifying clergy or honor guard. Remains are returned.

9. Direct cremation with assistance in writing/placing full obituary in newspapers and our website. Remains are returned.

CHOICES 10: No Viewing

10. Direct cremation only.


From the time of death and throughout the cremation process, a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification. To request detailed information about our 10 Family Cremation Choices, simply call the funeral home at (717) 272-0701, or e-mail us at www.thompsonfuneralhome@comcast.net.


                                                   Cremation Facts

  • Cremation is not a substitution for traditional funeral services. Many people choose to have viewings, funeral services, and burial of their cremated remains.
  • There is a 24-hour “holding” period after death, before a cremation may take place. A coroner or medical examiner must also “approve” the cremation.
  • Embalming may not be necessary if you are not choosing a viewing.
  • You do not have to purchase a casket for cremation, though a container to allow for the sanitary and dignified handling of human remains may be necessary.
  • Cremated remains may be buried at any time. Some religions require burial to follow the funeral mass or service.
  • Cremated remains may be separated and placed into special cremation jewelry or keepsake urns before the burial or scattering of the cremated remains.
  • Most crematories allow the family to be present during the cremation process, though many families may find this difficult to attend.
  • If a spouse or family member had a traditional casket burial, and you want cremation for your disposition, most cemeteries will allow an urn to be buried in the same space, above the casket, rather than use a full grave.
  • Most funeral homes offer some type of cremation services. Avoid cremation societies or others who propose to save you “lots” of money. We suggest you call and visit a few funeral homes to discuss the options available to you, then evaluate their professionalism, staff, costs, and facilities.