Cremation is chosen by many families and individuals as an alternative to traditional burial. The reasons for selecting cremation may be based on personal, religious or societal beliefs. It is important to remember that cremation is simply one part of the final memorialization process. Whether choosing cremation or another means of preparing the body for final disposition, there is still need for a meaningful gathering to commemorate or celebrate the special life of a loved one and to assist survivors in the grieving and healing process. This tribute can take place before or after cremation and may be as personalized as you choose.