If you have decided to preplan your final services in advance with Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, the leading Jewish funeral home in Monroe Township, NJ, you may be going back and forth between a traditional burial and cremation. While traditional Judaism dictates burial, in today’s world we are getting more requests from families for cremation for many reasons. Many families wonder, though, if you can have a traditional funeral service followed by cremation, and the answer is yes.
Before you make a final decision, it’s important to understand that cremation doesn’t exclude having a service. Cremation is nothing more that the final disposition of the deceased, just as burial is, and you have virtually all the same options in terms of services as you do with burial. You can have a traditional service, followed by cremation. You can also have the cremation first, followed by a memorial service a few days or weeks later.
If you are considering cremation as your final disposition method, understand that it is acceptable to many in the Jewish faith today. Talk to your family members and see how they feel about it. You should also consult your rabbi; While there are Reform rabbis that will officiate at a cremation service, many conservative rabbis won’t, or many have their own specific requirements. And typically, orthodox clergy frown upon cremation as opposed to burial, Keep in mind that when you are gone, your funeral is not only for you, but also for those left behind. You want your family to get what they need to grieve, mourn, and move on into the future, so talk to them about your wishes.
Preplanning your own funeral services in advance can relieve your family of the planning burdens later. It can be a great relief to them that they don’t have to guess at what you wanted, particularly if your choice of cremation is new to your family. You are able to choose the services you get, and you can even pay for them in advance, if you so choose.
If you want to discuss cremation as a disposition option, we can help. More families looking for a Jewish funeral home in Monroe Township, NJ turn to us at Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels. Preplannning in advance, you have time on your side. We can present all of your cremation options, discuss the pros and cons, and then let you think them over so you can figure out the best fit for your family. We’re centrally located at 454 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 and we serve not only Monroe and East Brunswick families,but throughout Middlesex and Monmouth Couties. You can call us at (732) 390-9199 to set up a time to talk to one of cremation service experts in person to get the information you need to make an informed choice for you in advance.