Stanley Halikias
B: 1956-03-24
D: 2017-10-15
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Halikias, Stanley
Sarah Frank
D: 2017-10-10
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Frank, Sarah
Robert Whalen
B: 1931-06-09
D: 2017-10-10
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Whalen, Robert
William Kelly
B: 1927-03-18
D: 2017-10-09
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Kelly, William
Liam Charles-Rivera
B: 2016-07-01
D: 2017-10-07
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Charles-Rivera, Liam
Lisa Soeller
B: 1961-09-03
D: 2017-10-05
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Soeller, Lisa
Donald Mabee
B: 1943-10-02
D: 2017-10-03
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Mabee, Donald
Justin Berthiaume
B: 1981-09-18
D: 2017-09-25
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Berthiaume, Justin
Libby Hostig
B: 1930-05-18
D: 2017-09-19
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Hostig, Libby
Mary Pokeda
B: 1926-11-07
D: 2017-09-18
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Pokeda, Mary
Richard Hurst
B: 1936-10-18
D: 2017-09-16
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Hurst, Richard
Raymond Beaudoin
B: 1963-08-04
D: 2017-09-11
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Beaudoin, Raymond
Jean Kernaghan
B: 1924-08-29
D: 2017-09-08
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Kernaghan, Jean
Harry McEntee
B: 1924-05-12
D: 2017-09-02
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McEntee, Harry
Denis Hebert
B: 1939-11-13
D: 2017-08-31
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Hebert, Denis
Kenneth Smith
B: 1944-03-19
D: 2017-08-29
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Smith, Kenneth
Edith Carrier
B: 1938-01-05
D: 2017-08-29
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Carrier, Edith
Sheila Cancilla
B: 1944-04-12
D: 2017-08-23
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Cancilla, Sheila
Randall Gervasio
B: 1981-09-05
D: 2017-08-23
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Gervasio, Randall
Jane Jackson
B: 1927-04-03
D: 2017-08-20
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Jackson, Jane
Phyllis Wheeler
B: 1932-12-08
D: 2017-08-18
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Wheeler, Phyllis


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When Cremation is Preferred

Cremation is a process in which intense heat is used to reduce human remains into small bone fragments. This takes place in a cremation chamber known as a cremation retort. After cremation, these skeletal fragments are processed to further reduce them to a fine powdery form that we call ashes or cremains.

People choose cremation because they believe it to be the right choice for them. It’s as deeply personal of a decision as that of selecting burial. The decision could be based on:

  • Traditions. Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group or geographical area
  • Financial Challenges. The cost of cremation can be less than burial. This simple fact is often all it takes for a family to make the cremation decision; however we firmly believe that there is great social, emotional and psychological value in bringing family and friends together for a remembrance service either prior to or after the cremation – value which exceeds mere cost. Funerals need not be lavishly expensive to be meaningful.
  • Environmental Concerns. Perhaps you do not want to take up land that cannot be reused in a cemetery, or you want the body to return to the elements more quickly.

Decisions You Must Make When Choosing Cremation

  • Who will authorize the cremation?
    • The closest living relative must authorize the actual cremation process unless a NYS Appointment of Agent form has been signed by the decedent. Keep in mind if there is no surviving spouse and there are multiple children, all the children must authorize the cremation unless a agent form has been signed prior to death.
  • Who will perform the cremation?
    • In New York State a Licensed Funeral Director must be present to take your loved one from where they pass, file all necessary paperwork, and bring them to the crematory.
  • What type of container will the person go to the crematory in?
    • The crematory requires at least a rigid, unlined corrugated cardboard alternative container. There are also simple alternative containers that have a pillow and are lined or you can select a wood casket.
  • What type of urn would you like?
    • There are urns meant to kept at home, others meant to go in the ground, there are also scattering urns and bio-friendly urns.
  • What kind of remembrance ceremony would you like to have?
    • Do you want a traditional viewing prior to cremation, a wake with only the ashes present after the cremation and/or a memorial service.
  • What will you do with the cremated remains?
    • The remains can be stored by the family. If this is your wish be sure to discuss it with your family. As generations go by and families move it is likely that a more permanent disposition will need to be chosen for your remains.
    • You may take the remains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
    • The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
    • The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
    • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

You may wish to keep the remains at your home for a time, until you feel ready to let go of them, or when all family members can be present for a committal service.

Our professional Funeral Directors can advise you on unique ways to memorialize a loved one using the cremated remains, including the creation of art glass objects. We also offer a wide selection of cremation keepsake jewelry.

Call us today to explore cremation options, and the many creative ways you can memorialize a loved one either before, or after, the cremation has occurred.