Deciding between burial and cremation may be one of the first decisions you’ll make when you consider final arrangements for yourself or a loved one, and it will influence other decisions regarding your funeral or memorial service and cemetery property, too.
It’s important to remember to plan for the permanent placement, or “final disposition,” of cremated remains – that is, what happens to them after the cremation takes place. With several options available at most cemeteries, permanent placement of cremated remains is important for many reasons:
- A permanent site gives loved ones a physical place for visitation and reflection.
- The ceremony accompanying the placement of an urn in a cremation niche or a cremation garden in a cemetery provides family and friends with closure after the loss of a loved one.
- When cremated remains of a loved one are kept with relatives, they can easily become misplaced or discarded through the years, as future generations may not feel a connection to the deceased.
- A permanent placement provides future generations with a location to visit when researching heritage.
If cremation is your choice or the choice of your loved one, you have many service options when you make arrangements with Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. Families can select services and merchandise individually or, to make the selection process even easier, we offer a choice of cremation service plans, which include services and arrangements frequently selected.
We will be honored to help you plan a memorial service that will celebrate the life of your loved one and provide lasting memories for years to come. We value the trust that families place in us, and we are pleased to provide every family we serve with the following services and benefits:
- Discreet, individualized service
It is our policy and our tradition to provide the best possible services and meet the individual needs of every family we serve.
- White-glove service, concierge and other guest services
At Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, no detail goes unattended. Our desire is to surpass every family’s expectations of service excellence.
- Bereavement Travel Services
Dedicated travel specialists will seek the best available airfares, hotel accommodations and car rentals for all family and friends to attend a funeral, cremation or memorial service. There is a nominal fee associated with the issuance of an airline ticket.
- 24-Hour Compassion Helpline®
When traditional support like family or clergy is unavailable, you and your family are invited to use our toll-free Compassion Helpline for up to one year. Learn more.
- Aftercare® Planner
A comprehensive estate management guide with more than 35 pre-written letters, the Aftercare Planner is an invaluable tool in helping finalize business and personal affairs that arise when a death occurs. Learn more.
- 100% Service Guarantee
We are committed to service beyond expectation before, during and after the service. If there is anything we can do to meet your individual needs, please let us know and we will take care of it immediately.
- Everlasting Memorial®
Encompassing online, print and DVD media, the Everlasting Memorial allows your family to share remembrances of your loved one today and preserve these special memories for generations to come. Learn more.
- Personal Planning Guide
This helpful guide allows you to record vital information such as personal affairs, family heritage, military history, estate information and more. It also makes your wishes for your final arrangements known, relieving your family of having to make many difficult decisions.
- Child and Grandchild Protection
Acknowledging that nothing can ease the pain of losing a child or grandchild, we offer financial relief for those who plan with us. We will provide funeral or cremation services, at no cost, at any Dignity Memorial® provider, up to the level of the plan you have selected. The child or grandchild must be less than 21 years of age and unmarried.
- Memorial Portrait
A photograph of your loved one is transformed into a 16” x 20” framed studio portrait that simulates an oil painting. Available styles include Old World style, drawing inspiration from Baroque or Dutch golden age portraiture; Old World Sepia, which invokes the classic look of a sepia-tone photograph; or Black and White, which still includes painterly qualities incorporated into a more photographic choice.