In 2020, over 50 percent of Americans opted for a cremation service as their favorite method to commemorate their loved ones. Cremation has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years as many people prefer it over traditional burial to say goodbye to someone they loved.

Cremation is quite affordable and offers the family ample time to plan the funeral and memorial. However, are you informed that there are multiple different types of cremation services? If you are confused about the type of cremation to choose, keep reading our guide to learn more about it.

Direct Cremation

This type of cremation service is the simplest out of all other options. In direct cremation, the body is cremated within 48-hours after death. This is the cheapest option as it involves no funeral or memorial service, rendering embalming unnecessary.

However, if you are undecided between various cremation options, the funeral director can decide to embalm the body to slow down decomposition. If you are against embalming your loved one, then remember to raise the matter with Arlington Cremation Services. Once the cremation is completed, the remains of your loved one will be deposited in an urn and safely handed over to you.

Witnessed Cremation

This service permits a limited number of family members to accompany their loved ones to the cremator. This service allows them to pay their final tributes to the deceased. It also grants them an opportunity to offer any last-minute remembrances.

Some opt for this service to put their cremation worries to rest. By being physically present during the act, the family can attest that the remains of their loved one have been handled with respect.

Cremation with a Memorial Service

A memorial service can be held without the body being present. It is still possible to have your loved one cremated and afterward hold a memorial service to memorialize the deceased.

If you settle for this option, you will be provided with a complete cremation package.

Cremation with a Traditional Burial

Cremation with a funeral service provides the opportunity for family members and friends to view and possibly visit the remains. During this time, the body is not yet cremated.

Alternatively, you can choose a special cremation casket that will either stay open or closed throughout the service. Once the traditional funeral ceremony is concluded, the corpse is cremated in the designated burial place.


It’s apparent that there are several cremation options to choose from when it comes to memorializing a loved one. You can opt for the most straightforward and cheapest option, that is, direct cremation, or opt for a memorial or funeral service to bid farewell to your loved one.

At Arlington Cremation Services, we strive to make this process much simpler for you. We know how traumatizing it can be to lose a loved one. If you have queries or intend to set up a cremation or funeral service, please visit our website arlingtoncremationservices com and fill in the contact us page form provided or contact us via our office line (866) 910-7808