Frequently Asked Questions

We have heard many questions over the years we have served our families. Here we will provide you with the answers to the most common questions.

About Cremation Services

How is this low price for a Simple Cremation possible?

Since we are family owned and provide only cremation, our overhead is much lower and we are able to pass these saving along to our families.

With cremation, can there still be a service or a military ceremony?

Yes, you may have a variety o services with cremation.  If you prefer to have more services than a simple cremation our experienced staff will assist you.

How am I sure the cremated remains I receive are those of my loved ones?

We have strict controls and monitoring in place to ensure that every person is our care is properly identified.  From the removal from the place of death, to our personal care center/crematory and then to the placement in the selected urn, your loved one’s identity and documentation are verified every step of the way.

About Cremations

What is cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing human remains to its basic elements in the form of bone fragments through flame, heat and vaporization (usually 1800 - 2000 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more). Cremation occurs at a crematory in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. The resulting bone fragments are further reduced in size through a mechanical process and are referred to as "cremated remains." After processing, the cremated remains are placed in an urn or other container suitable for memorialization, transport or interment.

Is a casket required for cremation to take place?

A casket is not required for a cremation to take place. In most states, all that is required is an alternative container which can be constructed of wood or fiberboard/cardboard, and is cremated along with the deceased.

Is embalming required for cremation?

Absolutely not. Public health law states that any human remains held 24 hours beyond death, and not yet cremated or interred at a cemetery, shall be either embalmed, or kept under refrigeration. 

Can more than one cremation be performed at once?

No. Not only is it a practical impossibility, but it is illegal to do so.

Are all cremated remains returned to the family?

With the exclusion of minuscule and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are returned to the family.

Are urns required to collect the cremated remains?

There is no law requiring an urn. Nevertheless, the cremated remains must be held in some type of durable container. A more traditional urn may be desired if the cremated remains are to be memorialized at home, at a public memorial service, or the remains are to be interred at a cemetery. A family member may also supply a durable container suitable for holding the cremated remains.