Glossary of Terms

As the planning begins, you may be introduced to new words and terms that are associated with the cremation planning process. We have provided a quick glossary for your reference.

Arrangement conference – A discussion with the staff in which you discuss your wishes for the cremation.

Columbarium – An above-ground structure for final disposition of cremated remains

Cremation – A form of disposition that involves reducing the body through intense heat to cremated remains

Direct cremation – Cremation without a funeral or memorial service

Niche – One of a number of recesses in the wall of a columbarium where the urn containing cremated remains is placed

Death Notice – A notice in the newspaper that announces the death to the community.

Urn – A small vase-like container specially designed for holding cremated remains


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