There are more choices today than in the past – choices of what is done with the person’s body and choices for the type of services.
Let’s start with the latter first. Funeral homes typically use the word “disposition” to mean what is done with the person’s body. It includes these most common choices:
- burial in the ground
- placement in a mausoleum, columbarium or scattering garden
- scattering in a personally meaningful place
- keeping them at home
Choices with types of services are varied. This list starts with the traditional ones:
Please note that the above services are not applicable when the body is donated to a medical school. The body must be taken to the medical school immediately after the death occurs. For more information about this, go to the page titled “Anatomical Gift.”