Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision.
It really depends entirely on how you wish to commemorate a life. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or cremation can take place after a visitation with the urn present for the service. A simple committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains is also an option. (One should note, that in the province of New Brunswick cremation cannot take place before a legislated 48 hour waiting period has elapsed). Funerals, memorial services or celebration of life ceremonies can be held in a place of church, worship, a funeral home, residence or a public facility of your choice.