Overview of Cremation

Cremation expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat.

What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.

Cremation is a popular choice because it increases the memorialization options available to you, while also offering a dignified and respectful way to carry out your wishes.

Why Do People Choose Cremation?

The choice to be cremated is a personal one, so there are many reasons why someone might choose this disposition.

Some reasons include:

  • Changing Needs: Many people don’t spend their lives in one place as often as they used to. Leaving their loved one behind when relocating for school, work, or retirement just isn’t an option.
  • Options: With cremation, you have so many choices. You can have a Memorial Gathering and/or a Memorial Service. You can have a ceremony with the body as a focal point, or one with an urn present instead. You can keep a symbolic amount of cremated remains while laying some of them to rest somewhere meaningful.
  • Lower Cost: Cremation is an affordable alternative to traditional funeral services.

We’re available to help you understand your options.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation

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 prior to the cremation, while others decide on a simple memorial service to be held either before or after the cremation.

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.