Trusted and dignified
Cremation as a disposition can be, and should be, just as personal as a burial and funeral service. Let us guide you through some trusted and dignified cremation options that can be personalized to truly celebrate a life lived.
Personalizing a cremation with a celebration of life can be very therapeutic. A celebration gives you and your family something to concentrate on as you relive memories. We offer many ways to personalize a service. As with burial options, cremations can be personalized. From serving your loved one’s favorite ice cream to releasing balloons, displaying memories through photo boards or even playing a tribute video, cremations should have the same focus in mind, celebrating the unique life lived. Learn more about the Celebrations of Life.
Cremation with Care
Some request direct cremation, eliminating “all the bother of funeral services” for family members. Funeral services and celebrations aren’t provided for the deceased; they’re there to help support and comfort the living. Direct disposal of cremated remains or scattering without a service or memorialization of any kind can cause emotional problems for survivors. With no celebration and permanent resting place, problems arise from inadequate grieving. Take time to consider family and friends.In suffering a loss, the traditional rites of passage and memorialization can be beneficial in helping individuals pass through the stages of grief. When the practice of cremation is accomplished with human dignity and recognition, it will:
- help assuage grief
- alleviate guilt
- contribute to emotional stability
- create peace of mind
Understanding Cremation Options
Some family members are disturbed at the thought of death itself, much less cremation, which many perceive as a cold and uninvolved process. They may resist your wishes when the time comes. It’s best to address your wishes with your family now. You can put their unease to rest, and have peace of mind knowing your wishes will be carried out.
Crematories are operated by dedicated people with great respect for the deceased. Restrictions on cremation are different from state to state, even from one cemetery to the next. Depending on the final resting place you choose, requirements may include an urn, urn vault, and other items. Making your choices now can help your family down the road. In most cases, cremation satisfies federal clean air requirements.
Cremation is a contemporary disposition, and therefore there still are many questions to be answered. Here are some questions funeral directors commonly hear to give you insight on the cremation process.
How long is cremation process?
The cremation process depends on the size of the individual and the container used; approximately 3 to 5 hours.
What is the temperature of the cremation chamber?
The temperature reaches between 1100 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
Is a casket required for cremation?
No. An alternative enclosed, rigid container constructed of wood or cardboard is required, which is cremated with the body. It needs to meet standards of safety, respect and dignity.
What do I do with the cremated remains?
You may choose to keep the cremated remains in your possession, scatter them where allowed, or bury them in a cemetery or place in a mausoleum. You can keep a portion of the remains as a remembrance in a small urn or in a keepsake.
How much do cremated remains weigh?
Usually 4 to 5 pounds not including the urn.
What size of urn is necessary for cremated remains?
The size of an adult urn we recommend is 200 cubic inches or approximately the size of a one gallon container.
Do all religions allow cremation?
Cremation is accepted by many religions. If you are uncertain whether cremation is favorable within a specific religion, contact us for help.
Can I plan my cremation in advance?
Yes. Planning ahead the details and payment of your cremation can be done with our help, at your convenience. You can also sign the Cremation Authorization; alleviating the burden from your family of choosing your funeral plans.