Questions About Cremation

What is cremation?

Many people associate cremation with an urn of ashes. While that’s often the end result, cremation is the process of reducing the deceased into bone fragments. The process uses high heat and flames to accomplish this, and typically takes about two to three hours.

What happens to my cremated remains?

Most families choose to place cremated remains in an urn. The urn is then housed in an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium, buried in a family burial plot, or placed in a special urn garden. When you pre-plan your cremation, you’ll learn about all of the options available to you.

A meaningful goodbye is important to my family and me. Does cremation offer that?

Yes. A variety of tribute options are available with cremation. Just as with traditional burials, a personalized, meaningful memorial can be a significant part of your goodbye.

What can my memorial include?

As with a funeral, a meaningful memorial prior to cremation can include a ceremony at a location of your choosing, a visitation for family members prior to the service, an open or closed casket, meaningful music, and participation of loved ones.

Why should I pre-plan my cremation?

Pre-planning your cremation ensures that your wishes are respected. It also means that your family won’t have to deal with the stress related to the financial burden of planning your goodbye.