Cremation Services

Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and is sometimes chosen because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment, or as a simpler option. With cremation,  it is still possible have a funeral that provides the same respect and dignity as a traditional service. The ceremony and memorial processes remain the same, and the traditional options for personalization are available. Cremation need not differ in ceremony from a traditional burial.

Depending on your preferences, a variety of cremation caskets, urns,  and memorialization items are available. 

There is no law requiring the burial of cremated remains (cremains).  Some people opt for burial, some scatter the remains, and some keep the remains in the home, often in a decorative urn.  We offer a vast array of cremation urns and scattering urns which your funeral director can show you.  In addition, we offer fine jewelry pieces that are made to accommodate a small amount of the cremains.  

Cremation FAQs

What is cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.

Is a casket needed for cremation?

No, a casket is not required. Most states require an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard. However, in some states no container is required.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No.  In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, most funeral homes allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes they can. Some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber.  Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

Can an urn be brought into church?

Nearly all Protestant churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service.  Most Catholic churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass.  It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral. 

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary state by state,  remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error.  Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It all depends on the weight of the individual.  For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color.  The remains of an average sized adult usually weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.

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.

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 if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery.  If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.