A New Tradition

The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, and yet the practice of cremation still carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.

Cremation expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat. What takes place before or after the cremation, regardless of services, is up to you or your survivors. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of their need to be certain that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices but increases one’s options. The process is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and offers many options for memorialization.

Cremation and Funerals


Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor requires a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral or memorial service that is followed by cremation can be exactly the same as a service followed by burial. Either plan can be elaborate or simple, traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the person being honored and those who honor them. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Sunset Hills can assist in any and all of your cremation service needs. To obtain more information on cremation services and explore your options, click here or call 541-342-6853.

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The traditional cremation service will be similar to a traditional funeral service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (a casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental of casket (a casket with a hardwood reusable exterior and a new removable interior insert). Following the viewing, service or ceremony and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered or returned to the family for safekeeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains and can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or out of more durable materials such as basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, hand blown glass and woods.


The Immediate Cremation Service (or Direct Cremation) can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, though it is usually followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. The body is typically not present at a memorial service. Sunset Hills recommends that those who select an immediate cremation are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. 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 after a loss.

Importance of Memorialization

Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed and for family members and descendants to honor the life of the deceased.

Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home; some choose to scatter the remains over land or water. Sunset Hills offers the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains:

Memorialization Options for Cremation

Niches – Cremated remains may be safely held in one of our many above-ground columbarium niches or our glass fronted niches indoors in our mausoleum. For more information, please visit our Cemetery Services Page.

Traditional Burial – In-ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried on a full sized traditional grave site or in more compact cremation burial location. These spaces are typically smaller and are a more efficient utilization of space. For more information please visit our Cemetery Services Page.

Scattering – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a natural environment. Scattering is permanent, and careful consideration should be given before undertaking. At Sunset Hills, we can provide urns that are designed for easy opening and scattering. It is also possible to scatter only a portion of the remains, saving the balance for burial in a cemetery or to be placed in a columbarium niche. The deceased can be commemorated at more than one special location at a time. Sharing remains among several locations or family members can provide and ideal way to meet the desires of more than one survivor, while also creating a permanent spot for loved ones to visit and reflect.

Sunset Hills Cemetery has a dedicated Scattering Garden and Memorial Wall. This area is well maintained and easily accessible.

We also have custom, unique urns that are suitable for displaying inside your home. Memorial keepsakes and jewelry are also available. These options hold a portion of cremated remains to keep with you always. For an overview of these items, please visit our merchandise pages, or contact us directly and we will assist you with your needs.