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Mays Funeral Home
26 Church St.
Calais, ME, 04619
Phone: (207) 454-3141
Fax: (207) 454-7728
Mays Funeral Home - Flagg Chapel
72 High Street
Eastport, ME, 04631
Phone: (207) 853-4240
Fax: (207) 454-7728

When Cremation is Preferred

Cremation has been a part of the human experience for a very long time, and is the preferred method of caring for a loved one in many parts of the world.  That is why, at Mays Funeral Home, we have embraced this custom and operate our own crematory, Washington County Crematorium.

While we could recite statistics on the rising popularity of cremation in North America and other nations, they really won’t mean very much to you. After all, who picks cremation just because everyone else is doing so?

People choose cremation because they believe it to be the right choice for them. It’s as deeply personal of a decision as that of selecting burial. The decision could be based on:

  • Financial Challenges. However we firmly believe that there is great value in bringing family and friends together for a remembrance service –  a value which exceeds mere cost.
     
  • The Need for Flexibility. A memorial service after a cremation can be arranged at a time that's convenient for family members. There is no rush to put together a ceremony which many in the circle can’t attend due to time or financial constraints.
     
  • The Intention to More Fully Honor a Loved One. A service can be planned for weeks, even months, after the cremation. This means more people can get involved and there’s plenty of time to gather meaningful scriptural passages, poetry, literary quotes, music, photos and videos.

If any of those reasons ring true for you and your family, then cremation may be the perfect alternative for your loved one.
 

Decisions You Must Make When Choosing Cremation

  • Will your loved one be viewed before the cremation?
  • What Urn will you select?
  • What kind of remembrance ceremony would you like to have?
  • What will you do with the cremated remains?

You may wish to keep the remains at your home for a time, until you feel ready to let go of them, or when all family members can be present for a scattering ceremony.

Our professional Funeral Directors can advise you on unique ways to memorialize a loved one using the cremated remains. We also offer a wide selection of cremation keepsake jewelry.

Call us today to explore cremation options, and the many creative ways you can memorialize a loved one either before, or after, the cremation has occurred.
 

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Proudly Serving Washington County
(207) 454-3141 Mays Funeral Home
26 Church St.
Calais, ME 04619
Fax: (207) 454-7728
Email: info@maysfuneralhome.com
(207) 853-4240 Mays Funeral Home - Flagg Chapel
72 High Street
Eastport, ME 04631
Fax: (207) 454-7728
Email: info@maysfuneralhome.com