Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation

Why do people choose cremation over a traditional burial?

There are many reasons why clients choose cremation. Among the most common are environmental considerations, philosophical reasons, and cost. Whatever the reason, choosing cremation is a very personal decision and one that should be made after considering all options.

If I choose cremation, can my family still have a Memorial Gathering?

The disposition choice of cremation still presents the opportunity to have a Memorial Gathering and/or Memorial Service. Many clients plan either a Memorial Gathering with the cremated remains present with a Memorial Service to follow at our funeral home or have a traditional visitation with the body of the decedent present and a funeral service held at a church prior to the cremation. Whatever your decision, it should be the one that is right for you.

If I choose cremation, can my family still have a funeral service?

Yes. Choosing cremation does not limit the type of funeral arrangements you may make. Many people plan a traditional visitation and funeral service and have their loved one cremated immediately following. Others decide on having a Memorial Gathering with the cremated remains present in an urn instead of the body being present in a casket. If a Memorial Gathering is chosen a Memorial Service can be held immediately following at the funeral home.

Will an urn be needed?

No. In some cases a temporary cremation container may be sufficient. However, you may opt to choose a more elaborate urn—especially if you plan to keep the cremated remains on display in your home, plan to have them placed in a niche or mausoleum, or in a ground burial.

What happens after the cremation?

The cremated remains will be placed in your selected urn or in a temporary cremation container. Then, the cremated remains will be given to the designated family member (or other designated person) for final disposition.

How soon after death can a cremation take place?

Cremation can take place immediately following our receipt of the proper authorizations and the doctor of the deceased signs the death certificate. First, all the necessary forms must be completed including the cremation authorization. During this document-processing period, the deceased will be sheltered in a climate-controlled environment.

Is embalming necessary for cremation?

No. However, if you select a service with a public viewing or a private family viewing with an open casket, then embalming may be required. We can help you determine if your specific needs will require embalming.

Is there any special preparation required prior to cremation?

Any special mementos, such as jewelry, will be destroyed during the cremation process. Anything you wish to keep should be removed before the deceased is transferred into our care.