What is cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments with the use of high heat and flame. It is not a type of funeral service, but rather preparation for memorialization.
How long does the actual cremation take?
The cremation process itself takes from two to three hours, depending on the weight of the deceased.
What happens after the cremation is complete?
Remaining organic bone fragments, as well as any remaining metal items are swept into a cooling pan. All remaining metal and other recoverable items are separated from the cremated remains. These items are prepared for recycling. The remaining bone fragments are processed to a consistent size and placed in the urn selected by the family.
What do the cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light gray in color. Cremated remains typically weigh between four and eight pounds.
In what kind of container are the cremated remains returned?
The cremated remains are placed in a basic plastic container at no additional charge to you. They may be placed in an urn of your choice selected from urns available for purchase.
Are all the cremated remains returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
There are many options. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered on private property. Our staff will be happy to discuss these options with you.
Concerns About Cremation
Are there any laws governing cremation?
Cremation regulations vary from state-to-state.
Can two cremations be performed at once?
Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes, for a nominal fee. Our state-of-the-art cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
We have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment.
Questions About Urns, Caskets Embalming
Do I need an urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container
Is a casket needed for cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required by state law is a rigid container which is cremated with the body.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
Absolutely not and it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, immediate family may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation in our private viewing room for a nominal additional fee. The deceased will be prepared for viewing, but will not be embalmed, so viewing should take place within a day or two following death.