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Burns Mortuary of Pendleton
336 SW Dorion Ave.
Pendleton, OR 97801
Tel: 1-541-276-2331

Our facility is wheelchair accessible

Cremations

 

Overview of Cremation

Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.

What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe, Cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one's options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.

 

Cremation and Funerals

Choosing cremation does not eliminate a family from having a funeral service.

Traditional or Contemporary Services

Traditional or Contemporary Services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Burns Mortuary is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call (541) 276-2331.

The Complete Cremation Service

The Complete Cremation Service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated). Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.

Memorial Service/Celebration of Life

Memorial Service/Celebration of Life can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred and starting the grieving process. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.

Direct Cremation

A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.

Importance of Memorialization

At Burns Mortuary, we encourage families to create very personalized services. We know that every family we serve is unique, and we strive to make each service a personal tribute to the life that has been lived. We provide a wide variety of choices that will help fulfill a family's wishes, from a traditional funeral to a personalized service that celebrates a loved one's hobbies, interests and life.

The following are ideas that you may use to personalize a service:

  • photographic collages
  • displays of personal memorabilia, such as awards, trophies, or favorite pastime items, such as garden tools
  • the writing of personal notes by family and friends during the service
  • service folders & registry books that reflect personal style and interests
  • music selections from our extensive library
  • live musicians
  • special customs particular to different faiths, ethnic groups, and fraternal organizations
  • displays of uniforms and equipment for government employees
  • have motorcycles in the procession for a motorcycle enthusiast or have a cowboy's horse lead the procession for a cowboy

Our funeral directors are committed to helping you create a special tribute to your loved one that will honor a life well-lived. We encourage you to share your ideas, customs and wishes with us.
Memorialization Options for Cremation:

OUTDOOR NICHES - The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in an above ground columbarium niche.

SCATTERING – Your loved one's cremated remains may be scattered in a National Forest, private land, and the ocean. You will want to check with your funeral director for laws and regulations on scattering of your loved ones cremated remains.

TRADITIONAL BURIAL – In ground burial in a cemetery of your choice – Urns may be buried in a cemetery also.

PERSONALIZED MEMORIALIZATION – Inscribe your family member's name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We also have custom, unique urns and keepsakes. Please contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.

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