30 www. BoomersResourceGuide .com usually in an urn, scattered on private property, or at a place that was significant to the deceased. (It would always be advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place.) Cremation is just one step in the commemorative process– the preparation of the human remains for memorialization. Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Can we have the service before or after the cremation? It’s completely a matter of fam- ily preference. Many times when a family is split regarding the decision to cremate, a compro- mise may be achieved by having a traditional service first – to be followed by cremation. Do I have to make differ- ent funeral arrangements if I choose cremation? It really de- pends entirely on how you wish to commemorate a life. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when you make your funeral and cemetery arrange- ments. You might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or after the cremation with the urn present; or a committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains. Funeral or memorial services can be held in a place of worship, a funeral home or in a crematorium chapel. Do all funeral homes and cemeteries have a crematory? No – actually only a small per- centage of cremation service providers have their own crema- tion units. Can I bring my own urn? Yes — It would be advisable that you discuss this situation with your cremation provider prior to the cremation. The size of your urn will be of great importance if you plan to have your loved one’s entire cremated body included in this container. Article from International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association, www.iccfa.com . For many more questions and answers about cremation, please visit www.iccfa.com or talk with your funeral and cremation services provider, such as Homewood Cemetery, www.thehomewoodcemetery.com .