Certainly. Cremation does not limit your choices, but increases the options available to you. It in now way eliminates a funeral.
Optional services or ceremonies may precede or follow the actual cremation. Prior to the cremation there may be a visitation and/or funeral ceremony with the casketed body present. If a ceremony or service is conducted following cremation, the receptacle containing the cremated remains may take a place of prominence. This receptacle is most commonly an urn, which is taken to its final resting place following this ceremony.
Regardless of the order of events, it is for the benefit of the living that arrangements for a ceremony are made.
Viewing the body of the deceased can help bereaved persons begin to overcome grief by more readily accepting the fact that a death has occurred. Funeral ceremonies also have value in offering family and friends and opportunity to honor their loved one.
Today, funeral arrangements are as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. A ceremony may be individualized to reflect a specific interest or hobby of the deceased. It may highlight one's occupation or ethnic background and therefore, hold special meaning for those present.
The funeral ceremony is not unlike other ceremonies that distinguish our lives. Baptisms, graduations, weddings and such all serve to recognize a significant event in a person's life. The funeral ceremony likewise recognizes the final event in a person's life and offers loved ones a chance to say a last goodbye.