Understanding the Cremation and Burial Process

Until a loved one dies, many families in Springfield and Sherman don’t know the extent of end-of-life options, including the details of cremation, traditional burial, and the selection of a final resting place. Our Staab Funeral Homes staff hears questions like, “Can we have a funeral even with cremation?” “Can we bury some of the cremated remains near our family plot at a cemetery and scatter some at a location that meant a lot to our loved one?” “What if some of our family chooses cremation and some want traditional burial? Can we still all be buried together?”

You have questions, and our caring staff has answers. Let’s walk through the details, and then if you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

First, we’ll address why more Illinoisans than ever are opting for cremation over traditional burial. Some choose cremation because it can be a less expensive option. Others don’t feel as tied to their family traditions – the way their family “has always done things.” There are others still who are concerned about their carbon footprint and want an eco-friendly option.

If you choose cremation with Staab Funeral Homes, you’ll have peace of mind knowing we adhere to the very highest professional and ethical cremation standards. We are also able to help design a dignified service to help honor and celebrate a life. This service can take place before or after the cremation; whatever is most convenient to the family. It’s important to remember that you may still have a visitation, memorial service, traditional funeral service, graveside observance, and many other comforting and healing rituals. And you can personalize any service with a balloon or dove release, live musicians, or a display featuring family photos, military metals, favorite recipes, or flowers.

Cremation Disposition Options

For those who choose cremation, we can arrange for memorialization in a dignified Columbarium niche or mausoleum. We have a wide selection of decorative urns and keepsake jewelry for permanent possession. These keepsakes are a special way to keep your loved one with you long after they’re gone. Many people find great comfort in these tangible objects and appreciate that they can be transported wherever life takes them.

If you prefer to scatter some or all of the cremated remains, let us help you arrange a final disposition ceremony. We can provide you with a temporary container and inform you of the Illinois health and legal restrictions. 

We’ll Help with All Your Arrangements

For below-ground burial, we have an extensive selection of personalized monuments and markers. All of our headstones are top quality, beautiful, and made to last. We can help you find the right choice for your needs and your budget.

We do not own our own cemetery, but our caring funeral service staff can assist you in deciding on a final resting place for you or your loved one. Staab Funeral Homes has relationships with all of the surrounding cemeteries. We can coordinate aboveground memorialization in a personal mausoleum or larger sizes for you and your loved ones to share. We can give you a tour of local cemeteries and help you select a burial plot.

As a reminder, because we are a full-service provider, we can provide burial, scattering, permanent possession, or mausoleums.  We can also walk you through our selection room and present the many options available in all styles and price ranges.

If you would like to learn more, call today to speak with cremation preplanning specialists. We can assist you with your choice and help you put a plan in place that will bring meaning and comfort to you and your family. For us, it’s about making sure your wishes are carried out exactly the way you want – one decision at a time.