I’ve heard that more individuals are choosing the option of cremation. Is this due to its lower expense?

The cost of cremation is less expensive that then cost of a burial by around 60%. The lower cost is not the only reason people are choosing this option. Other factors include the flexibility that cremation offers in the planning and handling of the remains. While cremation has been around for thousands of years in other cultures, today’s modern approach reflects the average person’s desire for simplicity and dignity. In some areas of the country nearly one-third have chosen cremation over traditional burial services when planning out their final memorial service.

What legal documents are required for cremation?

The following legal documents are required:

  • An Authorization for Cremation, which must be completed by the next of kin.
  • A signed death certificate from the attending physician.
  • Cremation permit approved by the Medical Examiner.
  • Burial transit permit completed by the Local Registrar.

What steps are involved and what is the time frame for cremation?

Vital statistical information must be obtained first from the family including the Authorization for Cremation. The death certificate is then sent to the attending physician for his signature and to certify the cause of death. After the physician’s approval the death certificate must then be send to the Medical Examiner’s office for review and approval. A Cremation Permit is issued by the Medical Examiner that along with the signed death certificate is presented to the local register’s office. The final step is for the registrar’s office to issue a burial transit permit. While this process sounds complicated it is not difficult and will take a minimum of seven days to complete

Who is required to sign the authorization for cremation?

Listed below in priority order are those that have the duty, right and liability to control the cremation and disposition of the decedent’s remains:

  • The descendant determined through prearrangement in a will or other written document signed and acknowledged by the deceased prior to death.
  • The Appointment of Agent of Remains signed by the decedent.
  • The surviving spouse of the decedent.
  • The surviving adult children of the decedent.
  • Either of the decedent’s surviving parents.
  • Any one surviving adult sibling of the decedent.
  • An adult in the next degree of kinship in order as named by law to inherit the decedent’s estate.

Exactly what takes pace at the crematory?

An alternative combustible container is used to hold the deceased. This is then placed intact in a cremation chamber. The remains after cremation are processed further by pulverization after which they can be placed in the container chosen by the family. A wide selection of urns is available along with keepsake mementos. The urn can be received by the family at the funeral home or it can be delivered to the family for a small additional fee.

How does cremation handle situations where the deceased has a pacemaker, hip implants or other implanted medical device?

Certain medical devices such as pacemakers and measured dose dispensing devices previously implanted into the deceased are an explosive risk and must be removed prior to cremation. Any large fragments that remain will be separated from the remaining ashes and removed prior to pulverization.

What is the deceased wearing at the time of cremation.

This is the choice of the family. A special garment such as a scholastic robe, police uniform or military uniform may be cremated. Often times special clothing is placed neatly with the decreased and cremated.

Is embalming required?

This would be required only if there will be a funeral or public viewing with the body present. Embalming is not legally required in many states.

My family is willing to accept my plans for cremation; however they would like to have a funeral service with the body present. Can this be done?

If the family wishes to have a funeral the decreased can be embalmed and placed in a casket for ceremony. With cremation the funeral can be held without the cost of purchasing a vault or casket. We would be happy to assist you in making the decision with which you will be most comfortable.

At the time of death is it required that a funeral home be called if cremation is chosen?

This is not required. Just call us and we can handle all of arrangements in accordance to your desires for cremation. You may complete the arrangements from the comfort of your own home by logging into our completely secure server. You do not have to leave your home unless you decide upon a service that includes a funeral or memorial service prior to cremation. You will find that our staff will do everything possible to make this process as simple and stress free as possible.

I would still like to have some type of memorial service so that loved ones can gather to commemorate the event. What are my choices for a ceremony without the body present?

There are many choices for those that have decided upon cremation. A visitation can be done prior to cremation. This can be either public or private. A service can be held at the cremation provider’s facility or at a place of worship. These services can be delayed as long as required after death to allow loved ones to gather from distance locations. Often places of worship and retirement communities can handle these types of memorial services without the need for the cremation provider to be involved. Another possibility is graveside services at a columbarium or cemetery. The scattering ceremony is a personal touch that only cremation can provide.

How are the cremated remains presented to the family?

The remains are place in a temporary container. The cremated remains of the average adult are similar in size to a 6 inch by 6 inch by 6 inch box. This temporary container should only be used as a temporary container and not permanent resting place for the remains.