Questions About Cremation

Is cremation performed right away?

Normally, cremations take place about 48 hours after a death, which gives time to complete the required documentation and schedule the cremation.

What happens to my cremated remains?

Most families choose to place cremated remains in an urn. The urn can then be housed in an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium, buried in a family burial plot, or placed in a special urn garden. Talk to us to learn about all of the options available to you.

Can my remains be scattered?

While this romantic notion seems like a sound choice for some, our experience has shown that many families come to regret this decision in later years, as they have lost the opportunity to create a focal point for remembrance.

What is the cremation process?

The container or casket containing the deceased is transported to the crematorium where it is placed in a cremation chamber and through the application of intense heat, is reduced to bone, commonly known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are carefully removed from the cremation chamber and processed into fine particles. These cremated remains are placed in a temporary container or permanent urn, ready for final disposition and memorialization.

 Is the cremation performed right away?

Cremations are performed as soon as possible after the body has been transferred to the crematorium or at a time requested by the family. All crematoria require a coroner’s certificate before the cremation takes place. In many circumstances, cremations are performed within 72 hours after a death which gives time to complete the required documentation and schedule the cremation.

Can family members witness the cremation?

At most crematoria, the family may choose to witness the container or casket being placed in the cremation chamber. Some traditions may also select a person to begin the cremation process. This must be arranged in advance.

Is embalming necessary?

While not legally required, many people prefer embalming as an aid in preserving the natural appearance of the deceased while resting in the funeral home. Under certain circumstances, it may also be required in order to conform with health regulations.

 Is a casket necessary?

Yes. A casket or a rigid container is required. If selecting a rigid container most crematoriums require that it is enclosed and made of wood or other combustible material to allow for the dignified handling of human remains.

Is the casket or container cremated with the body?

Yes. The container is closed before it arrives at the crematorium and is not opened by the crematorium staff. Any metal on the container, such as handles or other ornaments, are removed whenever possible prior to cremation. Each cremation is performed individually with great care. A controlled labelling system ensures correct identification.

Do I have a choice of urns?

Yes. There are many styles of urns available in such materials as bronze, marble and wood.Some are quite elaborate works of art. Many families like to personalize the urn with an inscription or emblem.

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