You do not have to purchase a casket for cremation. In fact, If you want to arrange a direct cremation, you can use an alternative container. Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials (with or without an outside covering). The containers we provide are cardboard.
An Alternative Cardboard Container
We believe that having a moment to say goodbye is essential to beginning the healing process. This is why, we encourage you to have a private family viewing before cremation. While not required by law, in some certain cases, embalming may be necessary. We also recommend choosing an alternative container that is suitable for a private family viewing (not required by law).
An Alternative Container Suitable For Viewing
At Vilonia Funeral Home, we provide a Ceremonial Casket (Also known as a "Rental Casket") when a family is choosing to have a complete cremation with a traditional funeral ceremony before the cremation takes place.
A rental casket is a wood or metal casket that has a removable interior. The removable interior is a cardboard alternative container that encases the body. The body never touches the actual casket, and the alternative container is easily removed after the service. The body can then be cremated in the simple cardboard container, and the funeral home can re-use the rental casket.
Our Rental Casket
Whether you have chosen a complete cremation, or a direct cremation with no services, you can be confident that before, during, and after the cremation, each person is cared for in a dignified and respectful manner. At our funeral home, It's not "Just A Cremation", it is a life that deserves to be honored. We pride ourselves in honoring your loved one, as our own. Every urn is nicely, and respectfully displayed at our funeral home on the day we return the remains back to you.
Deceased Honored At Our Funeral Home
The complete cremation is a 2-Day traditional Funeral Celebration that enables you to be able to have a public "open casket" gathering, and final celebration before the cremation takes place. The "open casket" viewing can be at our funeral home chapel or any other place that you may choose.
Honoring A Life Before Cremation
Cremation With A Celebration Of Life Service is a cremation plan when the body is cremated prior to the memorial service. A Celebration of Life service, also known as a Final Celebration, or a memorial service, is similar to a funeral ceremony but without the presence of a casket. Most celebration of life services will display an urn, pictures, slideshows, memory tables, and memory boards. This enables you to be able to focus on the memories of the deceased and celebrate the life of your loved one. A Celebration of Life service can be held in our funeral home chapel, your church, in your home, nursing home, on the golf course, or any other place that you may choose.
Honoring A Veteran After Cremation