Cremation FAQs

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Definitions

Cremation
The rapid oxidation of the deceased through the application of intense heat and flame reducing the remains to bone fragments (not ashes) within a few hours.
Direct Cremation
The simplest form of funeral service available. This type of service provides only the basics. It is the decision of choice when a family wishes to have a cremation performed but do not wish to have any type of formal funeral or memorial service.
Memorial Service
For the family that wishes to have the cremation performed and have a service conducted afterwards, usually with the urn present. The funeral home can provide the basics such as service folders, register books, flowers and catering.

FAQs

What is a Basic Cremation?

A basic cremation is simply when a cremation occurs without a visitation or funeral. This involves transporting the deceased from the place of death, placing the deceased in a cremation casket, and transportation to the crematorium for cremation. The arrangements for all necessary registrations with the government and coroner must be completed, including supplying death certificates to the family, and our funeral directors will help you complete these forms. Because of the immediate disposition without extra services, direct cremation’s cost significantly less than a traditional funeral. The family may wish to identify the deceased prior to the cremation or witness the cremation take place. These options are available if the family so wishes. If you chose a direct cremation for your loved one, we encourage you to hold a meaningful service of your own without the assistance of a funeral home. This may involve having a memorial service at your home or another facility. Even a get together at a restaurant with some friends can provide support during this difficult time.

How do you know that you are cremating the right person?

Because direct cremations do not involve a visitation or funeral, friends and family members of the deceased have no proof that the right person was taken into the funeral director’s care. Let us begin with the procedures put into place at the hospital or place of death. When a death occurs at a hospital, there are many people involved. The doctor, nurses, porters, bed control, admitting and health records all work together to fill out the proper documents and forms required for the deceased to be released from the hospital. Each member of the team has health card information about the deceased to properly tag them once the death occurs. The identifying tags that are placed with the deceased must match the wristband that is attached to every patient that is admitted to a hospital, or visits an emergency room. When we funeral director's arrive at the hospital to transfer the deceased into our care, we carefully check all the forms of identification on the deceased to make sure they correspond to the names provided to us by the family. This is done in the presence of a security guard or porter to assure we are transferring the correct person. Besides the safety measures that are put into place at the hospital and funeral homes, there are options available to you to ease this fear including Identification and witnessing the cremation.

What is an Identification?

Family members often feel that they would like to see the deceased one last time before cremation, and we would never restrict a family from the right to say good bye one last time. This service is called an “Identification” and we offer this option to each family at the place of cremation.

If you are uncomfortable viewing the deceased, but would still like to identify him or her, a photo can be provided to the funeral director who then can make the identification for you. You can give the funeral director information about any specific identifiable features (such as birthmarks, scars, tattoos, amputations, etc) on the deceased so that you can be sure that we have the correct person. It is important to us that you feel assured that we have your loved one in our care.

Will I ever be required to identify my loved one before cremation?

No, we would never require you to do something you do not want to do. We appreciate your right to remember your loved one the way you want to.

What if I want a viewing or to witness the start of the cremation?

A viewing of the cremation, or witnessing the start of the cremation can be accommodated, and the Basic Funerals staff will arrange this with the crematorium with sufficient notice. The crematorium may require an additional fee for the extra work and use of their viewing room.