Cremation FAQ:

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.

Will an urn be needed?

Following cremation, an urn or temporary container is used to protect the cremated remains. Cremation urns are available in a wide variety of materials and price ranges. Temporary containers are designed to hold the cremated remains only until final disposition and are made of less permanent materials.

What happens after the cremation?

The cremated remains will be placed in an urn or temporary container. The remains are then given to the designated family member or other designated person for final disposition.

How soon after death can a cremation take place?

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. If the body is going to be transported by air or rail, embalming may be necessary. Also, if you select a service with a public viewing or a private family viewing with an open casket, then embalming could be required.

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.