All About Cremation Services
Create a modern memorial for your loved one’s remains.
Many people are choosing to cremate, but that doesn’t mean they have to sacrifice the healing elements of a traditional burial. Let us help you create a memorial onsite—because it’s helpful for many families to have a physical marker of remains. We can provide a range of flowers and décor accessories so you can honor your loved one. An onsite memorial becomes a place to commemorate a life and gather beyond the home, at a permanent and meaningful location. In addition, please know you can bring remains to the cemetery any time, even long after cremation. For more information about our cremation services in Erie County, please contact us today.
Your Local Source for Cremation Services
Funeral Service with Cremation as Final Disposition
Similar to a traditional funeral service, the body of the deceased is placed in a cremation or rental casket for the funeral service. After the service, our staff will perform the cremation on-site, and return the cremated remains to the family. As part of our cremation services, the team at Daniel R. Smolarek Funeral Home is proud to offer several beautiful and unique urns. Once an urn has been selected, you have the choice of bringing it home with you to display or you can have the urn stored in our columbarium. If you would like more information about our cremation services and options, please contact us today.
Healing ceremonies that pay tribute to your loved one.
A beautiful service that is held at the cemetery, following a funeral at mortuary chapel or your place of religious worship. Gather around your loved one's cremated remains to commemorate their life and honor the memories shared. This symbolic service is a beautiful step forward in the healing process, and can accompany many end of life options.
We can help you memorialize a loved one when scattering ashes.
This act can be an important way to begin to let go. And it can be a creative, thoughtful reflection of your loved one. From sending remains in to space to letting them go at sea, we can help you plan a unique way to memorialize a life through scattering cremated remains.
Common Areas to Scatter Ashes
National Parks - When ash scattering at a national park,
you must ask for permissions and get a permit. Ashes must be scattered away
from trails or developed areas.
Private Property - If you are scattering ashes on your own property, you don't need to ask anyone for permission. However, you must ask permission if it's someone else's property and you may want to record the arrangement for future reference.
Sports Stadiums/Amusement Parks - These are areas of private property, so you must ask for permission.
At Sea - The Environmental Protection Agency permits you to spread your loved one's ash by sea, as long as you follow their rules including: scattering 3 nautical miles from land or more, scattering from a boat or airplane, using biodegradable urns, and reporting the burial to the EPA within 30 days. Pet cremains may need a special permit. Also, most rivers, ponds, and lakes are not subject to federal regulation, but permission may be needed depending on the land it is on.
In a Graveyard - You may want to scatter ashes in a graveyard, near other loved ones. Permission must be given before you do so.
Our West Seneca, NY area funeral home can offer guidance during this time. Whether your loved one pre-planned the location in which they would like their ashes scattered, or you are choosing a space that meant a lot to your family, we can help you find a final resting place for your loved one. Contact us today for more information.
Design a Cremation as Unique as The Life Lived
When choosing cremation, the options for a final resting place are limitless. Let us walk you through the possibilities as you choose the right service for your loved one.