Thinking About Cremation?

As more people are choosing cremation, funeral service professionals are striving to give consumers a true sense of what their many options are for a funeral service.

Often funeral directors find that people have a preconception that they have fewer choices for a ceremony when selecting cremation for themselves or a loved one. Therefore, they request direct cremation and deny the surviving friends and family an opportunity to honor them with a memorial service.

In actuality, cremation is only part of the commemorative experience. In fact, cremation can actually increase your options when planning a funeral. The following information is meant to help you build an understanding of what cremation is, allowing you to make an informed decision when arranging a funeral for yourself or a loved one.

Cremation is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst the baby boomer generation. Among the many reasons for this growing trend is the breadth of options cremation provides for a final memorial service.

Cremation gives people the flexibility to search for types of tributes that reflect the life being honored. But this doesn't mean that aspects of traditional funeral services have to be discarded. Even with cremation, a meaningful memorial that is personalized to reflect the life of the deceased could include:

• A visitation prior to the service;

• An open or closed casket;

• Special music;

• A ceremony at the funeral chapel, your place of worship or other special location; and

• Participation by friends and family.

Commonly, cremated remains are placed in an urn and committed to an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium; interred in a family burial plot; or included in a special urn garden. Cremation also gives families the option to scatter the remains. This can be done in a designated cemetery garden or at a place that was special to the person. Today, cremated remains can even become part of an ocean reef or made into diamonds. Please contact Mangano Funeral Home for more information about Life Gems.


At Mangano Funeral Home, we are proud to provide safe, secure and trustworthy cremation services— guaranteed. To offer families the ultimate peace of mind, we follow a stringent 8-Step Cremation Process. If you have any questions about any of these steps, do not hesitate to ask us.

Step 1: Fail-Proof Tracking System

To ensure that your loved one remains safe and secure throughout the cremation process, we use a high-tech tracking system. As soon as your loved one arrives at our funeral home, we assign them a personal identification number. This number is stamped onto a metal tag and logged into our computer tracking system, and we place a personal ID bracelet on your loved one. This allows us to track every phase of the cremation process—from the moment your loved one enters our care to the moment we return them to you.

Step 2: Identification and Viewing

Positive identification is a critical step that we require before each and every cremation. After our staff prepares your loved one in a gown or the clothing of your choice, we will ask you or a family representative to confirm your loved one’s identity. You may also use this time for a family viewing, which will give you a chance to say goodbye before the cremation. If you choose not to participate in this step, we will ask you to provide us with a current photo ID so our staff can identify your loved one.

Step 3: Thorough Documentation and Paperwork Review

Our professional staff will handle all the paperwork to ensure permits, authorizations and other items have been properly documented. We will quickly obtain the signed death certificate and contact the county coroner to request the cremation authorization. Two members of our staff will review all this paperwork to confirm absolute accuracy.

Step 4: Careful Transfer to the Crematory

Once all of the paperwork has been completed, we will safely transfer your loved one to the crematory. One of our funeral directors will check your loved one into the crematory, where they will receive a second identification bracelet. The crematory staff will record the date, time and the name of the funeral director in charge of your loved one’s transfer. At this time, the crematory’s licensed funeral director will meticulously review all of the paperwork and verify your loved one’s identification bracelets before the cremation.

Step 5: Safeguarding the Cremated Remains

After the cremation is complete, the crematory funeral director will verify the personal identification number again. Then he or she will place your loved one’s cremated remains into the urn of your choice along with the stainless steel ID tag. We then file the cremation paperwork in our permanent records.

Step 6: Delivery to the Family

After the cremation, we will contact you and schedule a time for you to receive your loved one’s cremated remains. We can deliver the urn to your home or, if you prefer, you may come to the funeral home where we will provide a dignified and comfortable setting for you to receive the urn.

Step 7: Arranging a Meaningful Tribute

Many families are under the misconception that they cannot hold a service with a cremation, but this is absolutely untrue. Our caring staff can help you create an unforgettable service that reflects your loved one’s unique life. Whether you want to hold a visitation prior to the cremation, a traditional ceremony at your church or our funeral chapel, an upbeat Celebration of Life or an intimate gathering just for the family, we will handle all the details for you.

Step 8: Scattering or Permanent Memorialization

When it comes to the final disposition of cremated remains, the options are practically endless. You may choose to keep your loved one’s remains in an urn and display it in your home or commit the urn to a mausoleum or columbarium. Alternatively, you may choose to inter the urn in a family burial plot or place it in a special urn garden. You may also choose to scatter the cremated remains in place that was special to your love one, such as a mountaintop, a garden or the beach. You could even have your loved one’s cremated remains placed on an ocean reef or turned into a diamond.


Whatever you choose, cremation or burial, traditional services or contemporary celebrations, MANGANO FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1701 DEER PARK AVENUE DEER PARK, NY 11729 is here to help you.