How To… Create A Meaningful Service With Cremation


Some families are considering cremation for the first time, and have more questions than answers.  Sometimes people consider it more environmentally sensitive, others are just curious and are interested in learning more.

Perhaps the best reason to consider cremation is the many options available for services and final wishes. In fact, cremation offers more options than traditional burial. For example, burial typically occurs within a week to ten days following death; in contrast, a gathering or memorial service can be scheduled at any time. In fact many families will schedule multiple memorial services, one where their loved one lived, and another in the community where they worked and raised their family. There are also many ways to memorialize; cremated remains may be placed in a columbarium niche, buried next to another family member, scattered at a location significant to the individual or retained in the home in an artistic and meaningful urn.



Following either private or public viewing, the body is cremated. A service or gathering is held at a place of the family’s choosing to commemorate the life of the person who died. Eulogies, readings, music, and the sharing of photos, videos, and personal collections and hobbies are often part of the gathering. The gathering is an opportunity for those who cared about your loved one to remember them in a special way, and to say good-bye.



Probably the greatest misconception about cremation is that there can be no funeral. Many people choosing cremation have a traditional funeral service, followed by cremation. The funeral service may be conducted in a funeral home, church, or any other appropriate setting. Clergy may conduct the service, but this is not required. Some will prefer a less formal format of sharing memories and feelings. The funeral service is personalized by including things to help those attending to better know and remember the person who has died, such as flowers, videos, and music.

Anyone who has ever tried to write a family history knows it can take a little time. Planning to personalize a memorial service or funeral service is much the same. The plan may consist of simple, brief notes or a detailed set of directions.

Often families who choose cremation with no service later regret the decision because it ignores their need for closure. Participating in arrangements, the viewing, and meeting in a formal or informal setting with supportive friends and family are meaningful parts of a ritual. Just like baptisms and weddings, ceremonies help us understand and cope with loss.

With the growing interest in cremation there has been an increase in the number of less ethical disposition businesses.  The funeral profession is regulated by the state of Texas and funeral directors are licensed. Some cremation businesses advertise extremely low costs, but the many scandals related to these businesses nationally indicate the level of professionalism is below the consuming public’s expectations.

Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory is an exclusive provider of the “Cremation With Confidence™” guarantee.  We guarantee to follow a 10-step process with each and every family preferring cremation.  So we are confident that your loved one is being cared for properly. If you and your family have interest in cremation, please visit our website, call, or stop by one of our locations in Big Spring, Midland, and Stanton.

We have the expertise and experience with the laws and options. We can give you all the information you need to decide what would be best for your family.