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Hollis NY Cremation and Funeral Home Services - Paul Lane Funeral Home, Inc.

Hollis NY Cremation and Funeral Home Services

Funeral Home and Cremation Services – Hollis, New York

The Healing Experience at Paul Lane Funeral Home

Losing someone you love dearly can be emotionally devastating, and in the depth of early grief, you might think that it would be easier to make things as simple as possible. But those of us on staff at the Paul Lane Funeral Home hear from the residents we serve in Hollis that easier isn’t always better. It’s important to provide family and friends with an opportunity to begin the healing process.

Your First Decision: Burial or Cremation?

Here’s what you need to know before choosing:


Traditionally, a burial service involves a visitation, followed by a funeral service in a place of worship or at the funeral home.  The casket is typically present at both these events, and it is your decision on whether to have the casket open or not.  You have the option of having the remains interred (earth burial), or entombed in a crypt inside a mausoleum (above-ground burial).  Family or religious traditions are often a factor for choosing burial.  Other decisions you’ll need to make are whether the body needs to be embalmed for open casket viewing, the type of casket to use, which cemetery, and what to put on the grave marker or monument.

Burial Options:

·         Monument grave: A monument grave is the traditional style of grave where headstones or other monuments made of marble or granite rise vertically above the ground. 

·         Lawn grave: A lawn grave is where each grave is marked with a small commemorative plaque, usually made of bronze that is placed horizontally at the head of the grave at ground-level.

·         Mausoleum: A mausoleum is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. 

·         Columbarium: Columbarium walls are generally reserved for cremated remains.  While cremated remains can be kept at home by families or scattered somewhere significant to the deceased, a columbarium provides friends and family a place to come to mourn and visit.

·         Cremation garden: A cremation garden is a specific section set aside in a cemetery that is set aside only for the in ground burial of cremated remains.

·         Natural cemeteries: Natural cemeteries, also known as eco-cemeteries or green cemeteries are a new style of cemetery set aside for natural burials.  Although natural burials can be performed at any type of cemetery, they are usually done in a natural woodland area. 


Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died.  Cremation can also be a less expensive option in comparison to a burial.  The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a special furnace called a cremation chamber at a crematory where through intense heat the body is reduced to bone fragments that are then crushed and pulverized to resemble coarse sand.  The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 7-10 pounds.  Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.

Cremated remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn.  There are many new and different ways to dispose of ashes today, cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, launched into space, be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.