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Deciding how to care for the fallen is about as personal of a decision as it can get. While there are many opinions and preferences out there, the only ones that matter is that of the family and the deceased, if known. With the help of a caring funeral home and cremation provider in Lebanon, OR, your loved one can be laid to rest in the way you decide best.

If you’re not sure whether to choose burial or cremation as the means of disposition, you may need a little more information about the options. The benefits of each style of care are different in a few important ways. Before you make any decisions about the matter, it’s a good idea to evaluate the advantages of these different dispositional types.

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Advantages of a Traditional Funeral

For those families wanting to focus services on a foundation of convention, there is no better service than a traditional funeral service. The service style generally consists of a viewing or visitation, funeral service, and grave gathering for the committal of the body.

  • Visitation: Frequently called a viewing, this is a reception to pay final respects to the deceased, whose remains are in attendance. They will have been embalmed, cleaned, dressed, and groomed for the informal occasion. Family and friends will come to the viewing to say goodbye to their loved one, to grieve with others, and support those who need it. There is no structured meeting to the gathering. The opportunity to meet together in a spirit of love and mourning is the purpose. 
  • Funeral: After visitation is concluded, a funeral service will be conducted. A funeral is a ceremonial commemoration of the deceased, for the healing benefit of those who survive them. This formal meeting is a gathering of the deceased’s family and friends. They come to grieve together, to listen to spoken word and music. The deceased’s body is present at the funeral. The service may be religious in nature, or it may not. The manner in which the funeral is held is up to the family and the deceased if they left any instructions. 
  • Graveside Committal: After the traditional funeral, family and close friends will escort the casket and body of their loved one to their place of burial. There, at the gravesite, a small and final ceremony may be held. Prayer, readings, or other ritual actions may occur before the funeral service is adjourned. It is a reminder of the finality of life’s end and the importance of living well while life continues. 
  • Markers: A monument or gravestone is placed at the head of the grave. It notes the name of the deceased, the dates of their birth and death, and surviving family names. Often there are other small personalized details, such as a quote, or engraved images of activities they loved in life.  

Advantages of Cremation Service

Today’s families are seeking unique and personalized ways of laying a loved one down. Funeral and cremations in Lebanon, OR give them more unique control over the experience of losing a family member. Cremations have certain advantages well suited to our modern priorities and values.

  • Price: The cost of cremation care is more affordable than a traditional funeral. The dignity of care remains high, yet the cost of care can be better managed. There is no need to buy an expensive casket, a full-size burial plot, or even a grave marker if it isn’t wanted. For direct cremations, there is no need to pay for embalming services unless a viewing and funeral will be held prior to cremation.
  • Environment: Cremations can limit the damage of pollution. It reduces the impact of embalming chemicals, harvested precious hardwoods, metals, and artificial materials on the earth by avoiding burial of caskets and formaldehyde laden remains that will later leach into the earth at some future day. 
  • Mobility: The ash remains of the fallen can be easily transported with a family when they move to a new location. In a world where families move more frequently than ever, many families want a way to keep their fallen loved ones close. Inurned ashes or keepsake jewelry made with ash material provides this portability.  
  • Memorials: By nature, funerals occur shortly after death so that the deceased can then be buried. Memorials serve the same commemorative purpose, but the body does not need to be there for it. This provides flexibility to families for scheduling. 

Individual Funeral and Cremation Care in Lebanon, OR

Families are unique, and their needs are too. At AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home, we understand this fact. It’s what helps make us one-of-a-kind in our line of work. When you’re faced with the death of someone you love, call on our funeral home and cremation professionals in Lebanon, OR for care. Since 1962, we’ve been helping families in their need. Our funeral home is at 805 Ellsworth St SW, Albany, OR 97321. Call today: (541) 926-5541.


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