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Matthew Tallini
B: 1977-01-13
D: 2017-08-12
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Tallini, Matthew
Ann Haas
B: 1929-10-07
D: 2017-07-23
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Haas, Ann
Fred Krines
B: 1961-09-10
D: 2017-07-15
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Krines, Fred
Dorothy Mai
B: 1930-11-27
D: 2017-07-13
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Mai, Dorothy
Rose Gorman
B: 1923-01-04
D: 2017-07-13
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Gorman, Rose
Dolores DeBiase
B: 1930-09-20
D: 2017-07-11
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DeBiase, Dolores
Steven Luisi
B: 1930-08-03
D: 2017-07-05
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Luisi, Steven
Donna Abruzzo
B: 1957-07-25
D: 2017-07-01
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Abruzzo, Donna
Dorothy Speer
B: 1922-06-10
D: 2017-06-29
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Speer, Dorothy
Nevenca Jelencovich
B: 1925-05-25
D: 2017-06-25
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Jelencovich, Nevenca
Dorothy Murawski
B: 1931-09-28
D: 2017-06-22
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Murawski, Dorothy
Susan Kestner
B: 1932-11-16
D: 2017-06-14
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Kestner, Susan
Roberta Polce
B: 1969-06-15
D: 2017-06-11
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Polce, Roberta
Dante Colombi
B: 1936-01-28
D: 2017-06-08
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Colombi, Dante
Albert Licata
B: 1953-01-16
D: 2017-06-06
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Licata, Albert
David Pham
B: 1947-11-28
D: 2017-05-26
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Pham, David
Katherine Glynn
B: 1933-05-13
D: 2017-05-07
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Glynn, Katherine
Emilie Kesic
B: 1938-04-03
D: 2017-04-28
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Kesic, Emilie
David D'Amico
B: 1961-11-01
D: 2017-04-27
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D'Amico, David
James Hyland
B: 1921-10-15
D: 2017-04-21
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Hyland, James
Filippa Mastropaolo
B: 1928-08-11
D: 2017-04-19
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Mastropaolo, Filippa

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CREMATION

Cremation can replace the more traditional burial as the place of final destination. Although most families understand that a traditional funeral with a wake and  religious service are  necessary. A wood casket is used for the wake, mass or religious service and for the cremation.

If a family chooses a funeral without any service or a Direct Cremation then no casket is required, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.

Some crematories accept metal caskets; most require the container to be combustible.

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated ...

  • The remains can be stored by the family - and perhaps kept on display - in an urn or other container.
  • You may take the remains in the simple plastic 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 grave or in a smaller cremation grave.
  • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why people choose cremation

In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation.

The Cremation Association of North America predicts that by 2010, that figure will rise to 36%.

In Canada, the rate is already over 42%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation
  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the remains

If you are distributing the remains....

Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.

Also ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea.


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