We made the decision to add our own on-site crematorium. We now can control the cremation process from start to finish, whereby providing an even higher level of service to the families we serve. Our desire is to give our families the utmost amount of reassurance that we were in control of the cremation process at all times and that the cremation would be taken care of at our facilities. Our crematorium is located at 5600 Williams Dr. and is the only crematorium operated within a funeral home in Georgetown. We are proud to offer these services to our families.
Cremation, the practice of reducing the body to its essential elements by burning, can be traced to the Ancient Greeks who viewed cremation as the only virtuous and fitting conclusion to life. Today, as the shortage of cemetery space becomes more acute, cremation is experiencing a revival. More and more environmentally conscious people are looking to cremation as a means of easing the country's growing demand for space.
Contrary to what some people believe, Cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one's options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways. Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made.They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Ramsey Funeral Home is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs.
The Complete Cremation Service will be just like a Complete Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic and precious metals, ceramics, woods and biodegradable materials.
The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after the death then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing could not be done within 48 hours then embalming may be required. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.
A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, while limiting funeral services to the removal and transportation of the deceased into our care.
Decisions Made Early counseling and pre-arrangement services are available for those who are concerned with preserving the earth, so that they can plan ahead and have their final wishes respected. Our counselors are concerned with assisting families with service that is both compassionate and dignified.