What happens at a cremation service?
With the service itself, there’s little difference between a cremation and a burial. Family and friends of the deceased are invited to say their farewells, sing or listen to songs and hymns and spend some time reflecting about their loved one.
During the funeral service, the coffin containing the deceased will be placed at the head of the congregation on a catafalque. Some services include a moment for the mourners to approach the coffin, letting people say their goodbyes. When the service is complete, some crematoria draw curtains around the coffin as the mourners depart. Once the mourners have all left the chapel, the crematorium staff will respectfully begin the cremation of the deceased, away from view of their loved ones.
At a burial, attendees (typically just close friends and family) are invited to attend the interment of the coffin after the service. Whereas with a cremation, the congregation are asked to leave following the service.
If you’ve chosen to have an unattended direct cremation, the deceased will be taken directly to the crematorium and be cremated without a service. This is a fuss-free cremation option for those who want a simple cremation without a ceremony.