Cremation is an alternative method of disposition than ground burial. Cremated remains may be buried, ceremonially scattered or placed in permanent urn or container.
Opting for cremation does not preclude you from participating in a “traditional” funeral ceremony. As a matter of fact, families who choose cremation oftentimes have a viewing and services prior to the cremation process.
Funeral homes can arrange for cremations on behalf of consumers and sell cremation merchandise such as urns and other containers. However, in New Jersey, only cemeteries can operate crematories (except for a few combined funeral home/crematory operations that were in existence prior to the passage of the N.J. Cemetery Act of 1971.
Funeral homes will most likely require that the family attest to the identity of the deceased and sign appropriate authorization forms prior to transporting the body to the crematory.