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Loretta Polito
D: 2017-12-16
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Polito, Loretta
Rose Grillo
B: 1930-06-05
D: 2017-12-15
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Grillo, Rose
Madeline Marra
D: 2017-12-13
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Marra, Madeline
Geraldine Appierto
D: 2017-12-11
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Appierto, Geraldine
Rosemarie Recchia
D: 2017-12-11
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Recchia, Rosemarie
Nancy Rizzi
D: 2017-12-09
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Rizzi, Nancy
Paolo Lattuca- Bonamico
D: 2017-12-08
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Lattuca- Bonamico, Paolo
Giuseppe Gambardella
B: 1932-03-19
D: 2017-12-07
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Gambardella, Giuseppe
Elizabeth Binder
D: 2017-12-06
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Binder, Elizabeth
Jeannette Cole
D: 2017-12-06
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Cole, Jeannette
Joseph Bajdek
D: 2017-12-05
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Bajdek, Joseph
Stacey Liburd
D: 2017-12-04
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Liburd, Stacey
Teresa Papa
D: 2017-12-03
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Papa, Teresa
Linda Bruno
D: 2017-12-02
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Bruno, Linda
Barbara Mingoia
D: 2017-12-01
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Mingoia, Barbara
Edouard Dufresne
D: 2017-11-30
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Dufresne, Edouard
Julia Mosellie
B: 1933-06-25
D: 2017-11-28
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Mosellie, Julia
Theresa Turturro
D: 2017-11-25
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Turturro, Theresa
Francesca Prestigiacomo
D: 2017-11-24
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Prestigiacomo, Francesca
Antonio Perfetto
D: 2017-11-19
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Perfetto, Antonio
Joseph Euliano
D: 2017-11-19
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Euliano, Joseph

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What is Cremation?

Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at 718-232-8844. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.

What is Cremation?

The Cremation Association of North America describes cremation as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments".  On our page, The Cremation Processwe offer a deeper look at physical process addressing the question, "how does cremation work" by detailing the most common cremation process which uses extreme heat. 

A Short History of Cremation

According to Wikipedia, cremation dates back at least 20,000 years ago in Australia, while in Europe, there is evidence of cremation dating to around 2,000 B.C. Cremation was common in Ancient Greece and Rome, and it remains a standard practice in India. The practice of cremation faded in Europe by the fifth century and during the Middle Ages, it was primarily used in the punishment of heretics or in response to the fear of contagious diseases. Today, cremation is preferred by more and more people around the world.

How Does Cremation Work?

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What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?

Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

 
1.  Clothing.
Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
2.  Keepsakes.
Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
3.  Participation. 
Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.
4.  Urns.
What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

Spend Time with Us - Learn How Cremation Works

Sit down with us to discuss your cremation options and the cremation process. We appreciate the opportunity to share our insights and experience to fully support you in making end-of-life decisions for you and your family. Call us at 718-232-8844 to schedule an appointment or drop by our office.

Sources:
What is Cremation, Cremation Association of North America