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This web page only scratches the surface of possibilities and opportunities when it comes to cremation related services and options. A phone call to our offices will give you the personal assistance you need to understand and choose the funeral services that are right for you and your loved ones.

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Got Questions About Cremation?

We welcome cremation families and we want to help you create a meaningful service. It's that simple. The following information will help you get started thinking about cremation alternatives.

Lots of Possibilities

Many people want to know more about cremation. Families are choosing cremation as an alternative to a burial more often than they did in the past. Cremation allows for more flexibility in the timing and format of service options. There can be gaps and delays between the time of death and the final burial or scattering of cremated remains. Sometimes this can prolong the grieving and create extra heartache. However, for some families, the extra time gives family members time to travel, plan services and arrange for special events.

Scattering of cremated remains can make for a meaningful ending to services. There may be a special place your loved one especially liked or where your family spent special times together. A scattering ceremony on the water or in a wilderness area can help create a powerful memory. There are some practical considerations to keep in mind when scattering. Our staff will help you decide the best way to proceed.

Most families choose burial of an urn in a family cemetery plot. Having a permanent place, properly maintained and marked with a stone or memorial, gives future generations a place to gather from time to time and hear the stories of the past

Keep in mind that many legal requirements accompany cremation. Authorizations must come from next of kin as well as from the medical examiner's office. If this is an option that you may be interested in please contact us and we will help walk you through this unique process. Our staff will help you in any way possible to understand your options and then to choose the range of services best suited to your family's needs.

It's Not About the Money

The cost of a cremation, just like the cost of a burial, will vary greatly. Often cremation will provide a more economical choice compared with burial services, though some approaches will cost the same or more than burial. Each service is unique and entails its own costs and considerations.

At Hathaway, we focus upon full and complete services for you and your loved ones. We believe strongly in gathering people together and having special times to remember and share memories. Organizing and directing those gatherings yourself can take a lot of time and energy. We simplify the funeral process. We want this to be a valuable time where you, your loved ones and friends can grieve, remember and share hope.

Some Needs Don't Change

Everyone will respond a little differently to the loss of a loved one, but according to Dr. Alan Wolfelt, a leading grief expert, we all have some basic needs; acknowledging the reality of a death, remembering the loved one and finding new meaning in life. Cremation services can help satisfy those needs. Occasionally, cremation does not fit a particular family situation. Let us help you to choose options that are right for ALL of your loved ones.

Services Before or After

Cremation can occur at any point in the funeral process. Some families choose to have a full service funeral with calling hours and a church service. Cremation occurs with the burial of the urn later.

Other families have a public or private visitation prior to cremation. They then hold a public memorial service when it is convenient for the family.

Still others decide to hold all of the gatherings at a time after the cremation occurs. Talk with our staff about your questions and concerns and we will help you organize services in the most meaningful and helpful way.

Legal Considerations

Because cremation can destroy any opportunity for evidence in the case of a suspicious death, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts mandates a 48-hour waiting period before cremation occurs and requires an authorized signature from a state medical examiner before we may proceed.

There have been instances where lawsuits have occurred when competing family members disagree between cremation or burial. To avoid dissention, make sure you discuss the choice of cremation ahead of time and make sure everyone understands your wishes.

Let Us Help You

This web page only scratches the surface of possibilities and opportunities when it comes to cremation related services and options. A phone call to our offices will give you the personal assistance you need to understand and choose the funeral services that are right for you and your loved ones.