Trusted and Dignified

Years ago our family realized how important cremation was becoming as an alternative to traditional burial and we built our own crematory. With our own on site crematory in Portsmouth, you can trust that your loved one never leaves our care.

Cremation is simply a method of disposition for the physical body and only one step in the process of memorializing a family member or friend. One decision to be considered is the container used to protect, display and transfer your loved one to a private viewing and ultimately the cremation. Choosing to think about these options is one of the ways we bring dignity to the end of life decision making.

Cremation Questions

The cost of a cremation has several components, some dictated by state law, and others by how a funeral home chooses to provide their services. As a result, comparing cremation prices can be somewhat confusing.

We pride ourselves on a family first philosophy, helping you as if we were helping our own family.

The prices you are quoted are complete and accurate, we will provide documentation on everything we discuss, and you will not pay for items you did not request.

Our professional obligation is to make sure you are making informed decisions when planning a cremation service

Saying goodbye is never easy but not having the chance to say goodbye may be even harder. 

Whenever possible your family will be given the opportunity to say farewell in a private setting at the funeral home or at the crematory chapel.

All too often a family member receives the cremated remains and are left wondering... now what? Do you scatter the ashes someplace? Do you place them in an urn? What do you do with the urn?

Even if a fireplace mantel at home is the short-term decision, we always advise families to plan for a more permanent destination for the remains. If they do not, they are leaving a problem for future generations to solve.

We help your family decide upon a suitable final resting place for your loved one. We will discuss options such as burial or a niche at a local cemetery, scattering at sea and backyard garden urns.

Over 80% of cremations in the area include some form of funeral ceremony or memorial service. Whether religious or non-religious, a gathering of some form always plays an important role in the grief and healing process.

At Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, we have three locations with flexible spaces for nearly any kind of service. We also have the staff and equipment to accommodate any request.

On the day of the ceremony your Memorial Funeral Homes team will handle all the details while you experience the love and support of family, friends, and community.

A place for healing and reflection

Cremation continues to increase as an appropriate choice for families with over 50% of Americans now opting to be cremated after they die. However, despite this growing trend, a large majority of families don’t know what to do with the cremated remains, or ashes, they receive afterward. More often than not, the cremains remain stored in their respective containers for so long that they end up being forgotten.

There’s no need for this unfortunate scenario, as there are numerous unique options available for handling cremains. In addition to being placed in an urn, they can also be buried in a cemetery grave or interred above-ground in a columbarium niche. There are many options for memorial jewelry created from cremated remains, keepsakes and other objects.

Here are some ideas of what to do with cremated remains:

Cemetery Burial- A grave in an cemetery remains the most appropriate choice for burial, a casket or an urn.  This setting can be a peaceful resting place for families to visit, a place that will be cared for and visited for generations.

PartingStone- This uniquen choice transforms the cremated remains from ash into solified remains in the shape of various sized stones. Please visit this page for additional information.

Earth or Ocean Scattering– you can scatter the cremated remains in a meaningful location that was important to your loved one. It may be on your own private property or in a natural outdoor landscape. But proceed with caution when scattering on public land or private property – make sure you understand all the rules and regulations and use common sense and safety. New England Burials at Sea offers a complete scattering service, and your funeral director can suggest other local options if you would like to get appropriately away from shore for a scattering. The right urn or receptacle can make all the difference in a gentle scattering, look at Passages International for a comprehensive selection of biodegradable urns.

Urns and Keepsakes for Home – come in all shapes and sizes, forms and designs. An urn can be a simply constructed wooden box or a creative vessel designed to resemble an hourglass, holiday ornament, clock or glass paperweight. You may choose for the urn to be subtle, or personalized and engraved with your loved one’s name and dates.

Jewelry – a small portion of the remains can fit into a keepsake necklaces, pendants, bracelets, or ring, and these can provide a special way to keep your loved one physically close to you.  There are also options where an image of your loved one’s fingerprint can be engraved into a keepsake.

Coral Reef– for those with a heart close to the ocean, the remains can be built into a form of an articfical reef, a growing home for marine life that also servces as a permanent memorial.

Space– launch your loved one’s remains into space for an incomparable (and pricey) final adventure. Cremains can be transported into lunar orbit or deep space to create an everlasting celestial memorial.

Diamonds and Gemstones – turning  the cremated remains into a gemstone is a timeless method to memorialize the dearly departed. Cremation diamonds are an eternal and physical reminder that often becomes a cherished family heirloom.

Other Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation

The cremation process depends on the size of the individual and the container used; approximately 3 to 5 hours.

The cost of a cremation has several components, some dictated by state law, and others by how a funeral home chooses to provide their services. As a result, comparing cremation prices can be somewhat confusing.

We pride ourselves on a family first philosophy, helping you as if we were helping our own family.

The prices you are quoted are complete and accurate, we will provide documentation on everything we discuss, and you will not pay for items you did not request.

Our professional obligation is to make sure you are making informed decisions when planning a cremation service.

Saying goodbye is never easy but not having the chance to say goodbye may be even harder. 

Whenever possible your family will be given the opportunity to say farewell in a private setting at the funeral home or at the crematory chapel.

The temperature reaches between 1100 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

No. An alternative enclosed, rigid container constructed of wood or cardboard is required, which is cremated with the body. It needs to meet standards of safety, respect and dignity. In some states, no container is required.

You may choose to keep the cremated remains in your possession, scatter them where allowed, or bury them in a cemetery or place in a mausoleum. You can keep a portion of the remains as a remembrance in a small urn or in a keepsake.

Over 80% of cremations in the area include some form of funeral ceremony or memorial service. Whether religious or non-religious, a gathering of some form always plays an important role in the grief and healing process.

At Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, we have three locations with flexible spaces for nearly any kind of service. We also have the staff and equipment to accommodate any request.

On the day of the ceremony your Memorial Funeral Homes team will handle all the details while you experience the love and support of family, friends, and community.

Usually 4 to 5 pounds not including the urn.

The size of an adult urn we recommend is 200 cubic inches or approximately the size of a one gallon paint can.

Cremation is accepted by many religions. If you are uncertain whether cremation is favorable within a specific religion, contact us for help.

Yes. Planning ahead the details and payment of your cremation can be done with our help, at your convenience. You can also sign the Cremation Authorization; alleviating the burden from your family of choosing your funeral plans.

All too often a family member receives the cremated remains and are left wondering… now what? Do you scatter the ashes someplace? Do you place them in an urn? What do you do with the urn?

Even if a fireplace mantel at home is the short-term decision, we always advise families to plan for a more permanent destination for the remains. If they do not, they are leaving a problem for future generations to solve.

We help your family decide upon a suitable final resting place for your loved one. We will discuss options such as burial or a niche at a local cemetery, scattering at sea and backyard garden urns.

Contact us if you have further questions on any of the memorial options we’ve outlined above.