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Cremation Services

Serving Families & Celebrating Lives Since 1948

Paul Thomas Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Ottawa County and surrounding communities with a wide range of final care services.

Common Cremation Services

The biggest misconception about cremation services is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case - when you choose to care for the physical remains through cremation, we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service as well. After the cremation itself, there are a variety of choices for your loved one's final disposition:

Interment means that you'll bury or entomb your loved one's cremated remains. This can be in the family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.

Graveside Services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.

Scattering allows you to spread your loved one's cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You can also choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.

Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one's final resting place in a nearby location.

Questions About Cremation Services

What happens during a cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing physical remains to ashes and bone fragments through the application of intense heat. Typically, this process takes between 2-4 hours and results in 3-9 pounds of cremated remains. These remains are mechanically processed to have the consistency of coarse sand and may be white or grey in color.

At Paul Thomas, preserving the sanctity of these remains is of utmost importance to our staff. To ensure that only your loved one’s cremated remains are returned to you, we use a state-of-the-art tag system that tracks every step of the process. Only one cremation occurs at a time, eliminating the risk of any cross-contamination throughout the process.

Do I need a casket for cremation?

No, a casket is not required for the process of cremation. We do require a rigid, combustible container to facilitate transportation, but we offer a number of affordable alternative containers to meet these needs. You may also contact our staff for more options for making and/or providing your own suitable container.

Can I still have a viewing or funeral service with a cremation?

Absolutely! We believe that visitations, viewings and funeral services play important roles in the grief and healing process, and that choosing cremation services shouldn’t exclude families from these benefits. Should you choose cremation for your loved ones, you have a number of different options:


  • Traditional viewing prior to cremation - No matter what you choose as a final disposition method, you can still experience a traditional viewing and/or visitation before cremation occurs. Talk to our staff for more details on these types of arrangements, as a casket purchase or rental and preparation services may be required.

  • Visitation and/or funeral service after cremation - It is also quite common to have a traditional visitation and/or funeral service with the cremation urn as the centerpiece. This type of arrangement allows family members to gather and share memories together without the additional expenses associated with a traditional viewing.

If you have any further questions regarding our cremation services, our staff is here to help. Give our Miami or Commerce locations a call today to speak with one of our cremation education specialists.