Greater Worcester Cremation Care
Healing cremation options.
Like traditional funeral services, cremation services at Miles can be a meaningful option for your loved one. Our cremation services offer the same thing as earth burial funerals, including calling hours, funeral or memorial services and graveside services. The cremation can take place either after the service, so that your loved one may be present, or before the service.
Cremation burial after the service provides a permanent place where family and friends can visit and reflect. Our wide array of cremation services provides our families with meaningful ways to celebrate their loved one's life.
Visitation with a Funeral Service the Following Day
"Our premier cremation service option for healing and remembrance."
This cremation option provides our families with two days of gathering to honor their loved one's life. We work with your family to create and design a healing calling hours, whether they are at the funeral home or a church. The following day your family gathers again to celebrate their loved one's life with a funeral service. The funeral service can take place either at the funeral home in one of our chapels or at a church of your choosing.
With this option, the cremation may take place after the funeral service or before any of the services. If the cremation takes place before the services, your loved one's cremated remains would be carefully and respectfully placed in an urn of your choosing.
Graveside Cremation Service
"A beautiful and lasting resting place"
Graveside services allow family and friends to gather to commemorate and honor the memories shared. These services are held at a cemetery of your choosing, and are typically officiated by clergy, a celebrant, a member of the family or a friend. This service option creates a permanent resting place for your loved one, where friends and family can visit after the service to remember and reminisce. This symbolic service is a beautiful step forward in the healing process and can accompany many end of life options.
This service option takes place after the cremation, where under our care, your loved one's cremated remains are carefully placed in an urn of your choosing before we gather at the cemetery.
Why do we have funerals?
The funeral ceremony helps us acknowledge the reality of the death and gives testimony to the life of the deceased. It encourages the expression of grief, provides support to mourners and offers hope for the living. Funerals not only show respect for the dead, but furthermore help family and friends begin the healing process. Funerals are symbolic rituals that express our beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the death of a loved one.
For more information, please visit: https://www.centerforloss.com/2016/12/funeral-ritual-important/
What is Visitation/Calling Hours?
Visitation is simply a term used interchangeably with calling hours or wake. Typically, visitation is held before the funeral service, burial or cremation. This designated time gives family and friends the opportunity to share stories and say their goodbyes. Research on grief has shown family and community support is both beneficial and healing for families who are grieving.
The family typically arrives an hour beforehand to spend time alone with their loved one. Soon after, friends, neighbors, relatives and others in the community will come by the casket or urn, say a brief prayer or moment of silence, then proceed to greet the family and share stories and memories.
What is a Celebration of Life? Can we have this experience at Miles?
A Celebration of Life is a fully personalized service, filled with storytelling and laughter. The focus is more on the joy the person brought to others versus a focus on the death itself. The Celebration of Life service can be a separate service or it can be incorporated into the traditional service.
At Miles, we believe everyone’s life should be honored through a personalized celebration of life. Our highly-skilled team works with each family to create a meaningful experience. We assist in making the event more special through the addition of personal touches that celebrate, communicate and rejoice in the qualities of life that has been lived.
We can accessorize entire rooms with your family’s cherished photos, paintings, and other personal belongings. We can accompany those treasures with meaningful music and tribute videos. Our high-quality funeral and cremation merchandise can be customized to match your loved one’s hobbies, professional careers, military service and many other interests.
Does Miles provide Funeral Celebrants?
Yes, we do. Funeral celebrants work with our families in designing a service that is customized to whatever needs the family has. They work with our families to plan Celebrations of Life, traditional funeral services and memorial services. Celebrants are experienced and qualified to take on the role of officiating a service.
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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.