Cremation FAQs

Frequently asked questions about cremation

How long does it take for the family to receive the cremated remains?

Usually about 2 - 5 days. It depends on several factors, most notably the availability of government officials to issue the proper legal permits that we require to be able to proceed with the cremation. Government offices are closed on weekends and holidays. This is a common cause of a cremation being delayed.

How can I be sure I’m receiving my loved one’s cremated remains back?

We follow all required legal procedures to secure the proper cremation permits before proceeding with a cremation. Furthermore, we follow strict procedures to ensure that each person is properly identified from start to finish. Your loved one never leaves our care.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

We usually tell people that there are four basic options. 1). Keep them in your possession. 2). Scatter them on your own private property or on the property of someone from whom you have permission. 3). Bury or place in a niche at a cemetery. 4). Any combination of the above. 

Can I fly with cremated remains?

Yes, but the container MUST be able to be screened by the x-ray machines. Wood and plastic are usually ok. Be advised that TSA agents will NOT inspect a container with cremated remains by hand and will not allow you through security. TSA regularly changes their rules, so please do an internet search for their most up to date policies.

Can I plan my cremation in advance?

Yes. All the decisions can be made ahead of time. 

Is a casket needed for cremation?

No, a casket is not required. However, most states require a minimum cremation container.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No. 

Can the body be viewed without embalming prior to the cremation?

Yes, arrangements can be made at the funeral home to allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Do the cremated remains have to be present at a memorial service?

No. For some families it is not crucial that the cremated remains be present at the service. For others, it is very important. The decision is unique to each family's traditions and preferences.

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