Cremation in Ocean Springs, MS

When one chooses cremation, options for memorialization are also endless.  The following is a list of memorialization possibilities a family can choose when they select cremation:

  • “Traditional Cremation” refers to the type of ceremonies that are similar to the preceding information for “Traditional Funeral.”  It includes the preparation of the deceased, casket, viewing, Life Celebration/funeral, the cremation process, followed by final placement of the urn (burial, scatter, or retention by family.)
  • “Service of Remembrance” refers to the type of ceremonies that have visitation hours and a funeral service, but have no casket present.  When this is chosen, the visitation takes place at whatever venue the family chooses and is followed by funeral service.  This service is many times referred to as a “Memorial Service.”  The terms funeral service, memorial service, Life Celebration, and Mass of Christian Burial are all synonymous.  The family has the choice whether or not to have the urn present at the service, make flower selections, prominently place a portrait, and personalize the ceremony just like any other.  Following this service, a funeral procession to the grave site takes place for those choosing burial of the urn, or the family can choose to take the urn with them and keep it for disposition at some later time (i.e. scattering), or choose to simply keep the urn.

When choosing scattering, the funeral home can assist with the coordination of such service.  For example, a ceremony can be held at sea on a chartered boat, complete with religious ceremony, music, the actual scattering, and “reception.”

We encourage the family to allow us to help create a truly personal and meaningful experience.  

Personalizing the visitation is an integral part of celebrating the life of an individual.  Whether it’s video memorials, personalized portraits, or special music, because we are unique, the length to which it can be planned is endless.  For example, for an antique car enthusiast, placing his/her automobiles at the entry to the funeral home and displaying car show awards and pictures may be important.  For the fisherman, a casket spray with cast net, lures, boat paddle, and marsh flowers can reflect a personal touch.  Or for the artist, displaying important works of art, “gallery style” may invoke special feelings from family and friends. 

The objective is to create an environment of individual touches that can help bring back memories of a life lived.  Many people don’t quite know what to say when they attend a service.  They are in attendance because they care and want to give their support.  Personalization can help start conversation and the healing process for all.


Cremation is a process whereby the human remains are reduced to what we as a society refer to as ash.  More specifically, the State of Mississippi requires this paragraph to be included on the forms signed by the next of kin who is authorizing this process:

The human body burns with the casket, container or other material in the cremation chamber. Some bone fragments are not combustible at the incineration temperature and, as a result, remain in the cremation chamber. During the cremation, the contents of the chamber may be moved to facilitate incineration. The chamber is composed of ceramic or other material which disintegrates slightly during each cremation and the produce of that disintegration is commingled with the cremated remains. Nearly all of the contents of the cremation chamber, consisting of the cremated remains, disintegrated chamber material, and small amounts of residue from previous cremations, are removed together and crushed, pulverized or ground to facilitate inurnment or scattering. Some residue remains in the cracks and uneven places of the chamber. Periodically, the accumulation of this residue is removed and interred in a dedicated cemetery property or appropriate area.

                                                                                    -Excerpt from Cremation Authorization Form

Cremation FAQ

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required, however, most states, including Mississippi, require an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No.  In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, we allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes they can. We will allow family members to be present at the scheduled time of  when the body is to be placed in the cremation chamber.  Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

What final disposition options are available for cremated remains?

While laws vary state by state, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, entombed in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

We have developed and trademarked a checks and balances system called Cremation Assurance.  This written set of promises and procedures ensures that your loved one is cared for with dignity and respect from the moment of the initial transfer into our care until we carry out the wishes of the next of kin regarding the final disposition of the urn.  Riemann Family Funeral Homes is the exclusive provider of Cremation Assurance. No other local funeral home holds itself to such strict and written standards.

Are all the cremated remains returned?

YES, with the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

Do I need an urn?

Although an urn is not required by law, the cremated remains should be returned to the family in a dignified, respectable manner.  We have a large selection of urns to choose from that vary widely in price.

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