Betty Ann Leonard
B: 1944-03-12
D: 2015-10-02
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Leonard, Betty Ann
Nicholas Victore
B: 1924-07-19
D: 2015-10-01
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Victore, Nicholas
Guy Mayers
B: 1945-08-12
D: 2015-09-28
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Mayers, Guy
Anna Kane
B: 1930-03-08
D: 2015-09-28
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Kane, Anna
Philip Williams
B: 1947-04-21
D: 2015-09-24
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Williams, Philip
Peter Gilhooly
B: 1924-12-10
D: 2015-09-13
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Gilhooly, Peter
Pat Riviezzo
B: 1929-01-22
D: 2015-09-09
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Riviezzo, Pat
Sue Perlmutter
B: 1952-10-03
D: 2015-09-08
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Perlmutter, Sue
Douglas Parrish
B: 1961-11-26
D: 2015-09-05
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Parrish, Douglas
Mary Rodriguez
B: 1929-04-07
D: 2015-09-03
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Rodriguez, Mary
Ann Munier
B: 1924-12-23
D: 2015-09-02
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Munier, Ann
David Almeida
B: 1926-11-26
D: 2015-08-26
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Almeida, David
Alfred Andersen
B: 1933-07-19
D: 2015-08-25
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Andersen, Alfred
Vivian Farrell
B: 1924-12-09
D: 2015-08-20
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Farrell, Vivian
Marie Mangieri
B: 1920-02-12
D: 2015-08-18
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Mangieri, Marie
John Foley
B: 1954-02-08
D: 2015-08-15
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Foley, John
Lauren Savino
B: 1986-03-27
D: 2015-08-09
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Savino, Lauren
Adele Vecchione
B: 1932-12-05
D: 2015-08-07
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Vecchione, Adele
Angelo Nonna
B: 1922-02-28
D: 2015-08-04
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Nonna, Angelo
Lidia Marcella
B: 1925-06-24
D: 2015-08-04
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Marcella, Lidia
Margaret Vaccaro
B: 1919-09-05
D: 2015-07-31
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Vaccaro, Margaret


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Cremation provides rapid oxidation.

A casket is not legally required for cremation, just a simple cremation container, which is strong enough to hold your loved one. This could be a container made plywood, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.

Cremation Choices

If your loved one is cremated:

  1. The cremated remains can be stored by the family
  2. You may take the cremated remains in the temporary container supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  3. The cremated remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  4. The cremated remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  5. The cremated remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why people choose cremation

  • In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number has increased by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation.
  • The Cremation Association of North America predicts that by 2010, that figure will rise to 36%.
  • In Canada, the rate is already over 42%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.
  • Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honor the memory of the person, not the dead body.

Here are some other reasons you might choose cremation:

  • Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer your loved one to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements
    • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly.
  • You have environmental concerns
    • Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode ... metal coffins and concrete vaults.
  • You want to keep the costs down
    • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.
    • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.

Decisions you must make if you choose cremation

  • Who will do the cremation
  • Whether to purchase an urn or use the temporary container
  • What to do with the cremated remains

If you are distributing the cremated remains

Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of the cremated remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.

Also, ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea.

Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favorite lake, or on the old family farm.

Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property.

What about using the remains to create new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flower beds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one.

If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.