We have been writing and educating our visitors on the total look at cremation as a whole. It is important to remember that cremation does not limit the funeral in anyway, and, in fact, can give a greater number of options in the remembrance of those who are no longer with us. Although for the most part, the body is not present during the funeral rites, it can still prove to be quite a meaningful ceremony.
If viewing the body is an important thing for you and other family members, you can opt to have the body embalmed and then do the cremation after the viewing or even after the funeral service. I have personally attended a similar amount of burials and cremation services. Both have their own strong points but often people may not consider cremation because of religious reasons.
Today there is a wide array of choices for families who choose cremation over traditional burial on where to place the cremated remains. You may select a niche in a columbarium with space for one or more slots for a spouse and other family members. There is also a single burial site in an urn garden or family plot. Of course, you don't have to make a final decision right away. I have even known families who have temporarily kept the cremains in their home until a permanent place of rest can be obtained.
My mother-in-law was cremated and was placed in underground next to my father-in-law who was traditionally buried. You may also prefer to scatter the ashes specifically in a garden made for such purpose. You may even select a personal type of memorialization such as planting a tree, rose bush or other perennial type of plant.
Whatever you choose, it is a good idea to create a lasting memorial of some kind to serve as a focal point for surviving family members and also for future generations.