What is Cremation?

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
Cremations do not differ from burials when it comes to a memorial service. Whether a family chooses a traditional burial (ground interment, mausoleum interment) or a cremation, the family still has the option having a memorial service. And a memorial service for a cremation is just as important with the healing process as a memorial service with a traditional burial.

What happens during the cremation process?
There are four steps in our cremation safety and security process. The initial step begins at the location of death. Our professionally trained staff arrives at the place of death and secures a metallic bracelet around the ankle. This special indestructible bracelet has a unique number that is assigned to your loved one and that number will never be repeated. At the place of death, we have a family member, nurse, friend, caretaker or security staff signs a document stating they have seen us place this identification bracelet on your loved one. Our identification bracelet will remain with your loved one through the entire process.

Once the cremation is complete, our staff will retrieve the cremated remains of your loved one using a state-of-the-art retrieval system that uses a high-temperature vacuum. The remains are processed to a uniform size and are placed, along with the identification bracelet, into the urn selected by your family. The urn is marked and identified with the name of your loved one, the identification number and the funeral home name.

Can I still view the body if I choose cremation?

We invite all of our families choosing cremation to follow us in a procession to our facility. Each family is given the option to be present at the crematorium to witness the placement of their loved one into the facility. If you choose not to participate in this part of the process, we have placed a remote camera in our cremation facility so that you can view the process from a viewing room.

What can I do with the cremated remains after cremation?
We consult with you in making four essential decisions. First, we help you develop a unique way to say, “Good-bye.” Second, we assist you in the selection of an appropriate cremation container which is used to enclose your loved one’s remains prior to the cremation. Third, we offer you a selection of urns that will protect the integrity of your loved one’s cremated remains. Fourth, we provide you with the multiple options available for the final disposition of the cremated remains of your loved one. We offer keepsakes which are smaller containers used to house a portion of the remains. Final placement in a cemetery or home is common, and some people choose to scatter the remains (but scattering is not legal in some circumstances).

What types of services are available with cremation?
Whether a family chooses cremation or a traditional burial, the same services are available.