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 What can be done with the
cremated remains?
With cremation, your options are numerous. The cremated remains can be interred in a cemetery plot, i.e., earth burial, retained by a family member, usually in an urn, scattered on private property, or at a place that was significant to the deceased. (It would always be advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place. Hamlett Dobson can help you with this.)
Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision.
What is memorialization
for a cremation?
You might choose ground burial of the urn. If so, you may choose either a bronze memorial or monument. Cremation niches in columbariums are also available at many cemeteries. They offer the beauty of a mausoleum setting with the benefits of above ground placement of remains. Many cemeteries also offer scattering gardens. This area of a cemetery offers the peacefulness of a serene garden where family and friends can come and reflect.
Can we scatter the
cremated remains?
If you wish to have your cremated remains scattered somewhere, it is important to discuss your wishes to be scattered ahead of time with the person or persons who will actually have to do the scattering ceremony, as they may want to let your funeral professional assist in the scattering ceremony. Funeral directors can also be very helpful in creating a meaningful and personal scattering ceremony that they will customize to fit your family’s specific desires. The services can be as formal or informal as you like. Scattering services can also
be public or private. Again, it is advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place. Hamlett Dobson can help you with this.
If I am cremated, can I be buried with my spouse even if he or she was in a casket?
Yes - Depending upon the cemetery’s policy, you may be able to save a grave space by having the cremated remains buried on top of the casketed remains of your spouse, or utilize the space provided next to him/her. Many cemeteries allow for multiple cremated remains to be interred in a single grave space.
What do I need to know about
income tax when I lose a spouse?
Uncertainty about income tax issues can add to the stress experienced from the death of a spouse. You should meet with your family attorney and/or tax advisor as soon as possible to review your particular tax and estate circumstances. Bring a detailed list of your questions to the meeting. If you do not have an attorney or tax advisor, call the IRS toll-free at 800- 829-1040 for answers to specific tax questions.
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