Cremation Information

Overview of Cremation

The number of people choosing cremation in Philadelphia has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.

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 neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. 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. Compagnola Funeral Home is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs. To obtain more information on funeral services click here or call (215) 324-9002.

A Direct Cremation is the simplest type of service a funeral home can provide.  We will transfer your loved one into our care from the place of death to our funeral home.  The law requires us to wait 48 hours after the time of death before the cremation process.  During that time, we will need to collect signtaures of the next of kin, file the permits with the State and cordinate with the crematory.  A direct cremation does not involve any type of visitation or ceremony.  When the cremated remains are returned to our funeral home, the next of kin will be contacted to receive them.  We encourage a final resting place to be discussed prior to the service being rendered so we can assist with selecting an urn or memorial product.  

A Viewing and Cremation service is extremely similar to a traditional funeral, however, we will not take procession to the cemetery for a casketed burial.  When somebody passes away, we will cordinate tranfer into our care and embalm the remains for a public viewing to be scheduled.  Our directors will plan a viewing complete with flowers, clergy, memorial tributes, prayer cards, casket rental, chapel selections etc.  We will provide a block of time (normally 3-4 hours) for friends and family to gather and pay their respects to you and your family.  After everybody departs, we will arrange cremation details the following day with the local crematory and confirm with next of kin so they can plan to receive the cremated remains.  Normally, the crematory asks us to allow for 48 hours for the cremation process to be complete and returned to our funeral home. 


Importance of Memorialization

Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.

Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Compagnola Funeral Home allows the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:


Memorialization Options for Cremation

Outdoor Niches – The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in one of our many above ground columbarium niches.

Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.

Traditional Burial – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.

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, perfect for displaying inside your home. For an overview of these items, please visit our merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will help you with your needs.


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