Planning a Cremation
Everything you need to know
to make the process easier.
Cremation has become a
common and acceptable
alternative for final
After the loss of a loved
one there are many things
to consider, both
emotionally and also
In the next few pages,
well explain the steps and
answer some common
What is Cremation?
Cremation is a final and
irreversible act that must involve
the consideration of your loved
ones who are left behind.
The process involves heating the
body to an extremely high
temperature until all that is left is
ash and bone fragment. Bone
fragments are further ground to a
fine powder and combined with the
ash. Ashes are then placed in an
urn or alternative container and
either returned to the family,
scattered or buried.
Once You Arrive at the Crematorium
Once you are removed from your place of passing and transported to the funeral home, your
remains are placed within a cremation container or casket. If you wish to have a
visitation/viewing prior to cremation, we do require embalming. Finally, prior to cremation, we
do remove all medical devices and they do pose a danger when exposed to the high temperature
used during the cremation process. All devices are disposed of as medical waste.
How Do Funeral and Cremation Services Differ?
Funeral services allow the family
to celebrate the life and mourn
the death of their loved one.
The rituals remain consistent
between your service options.
Cremation does offer you more
flexibility in scheduling when
you will have the service. It also
allows you flexibility in choosing
the location of the service.
Traditional services can be
limiting in your options for
service location and burial.
There are many options to memorialize your loved one after cremation.
Columbariums are structures designed to hold urns. These buildings offer family units or
single spaces. Some cemeteries offer columbiums indoor as well as outdoor.
You also have the option of in-ground burial. A special vault container is required. You may
purchase an urn/vault combination to save some expense. Burial of ashes is common even if
your loved one or significant other chooses a traditional burial. Your ashes can be buried
along with them in a single grave space or in the same grave space.
We also receive questions about scattering ashes but you must check with your director
conceding local and state laws regarding this, as each state is different.
Scattering Ashes This can be a beautiful symbol of
returning your loved one back to the
earth as you say goodbye.
There are many places where
scattering can be legally done
check out local laws to make sure
that your loved ones resting place is
an appropriate place.
One option is a Scattering Garden.
Some cemeteries offer these to
families who may want personalized
plaques or headstones in the place
where they scatter the remains.
How to choose a crematorium?
When making the choice of cremation
for yourself or your family member,
you should always go with what gives
you the greatest peace of mind.
We encourage you to find a funeral
home with an onsite crematorium,
not one who is only able to provide
you the service. This allows you the
peace of mind in knowing that they
will be with your loved one
throughout the entire process. No
third party facilities are involved.
Talking about final services is
much easier when families are
Discuss all the options before
they are needed, so that when
a family member does pass,
the preparation wont be in
the way of saying goodbye.
For 25 years, Mark Kaminski has been in the funeral service business, helping families during some of
their hardest times. With his wife Laura, they serve their community with respect and compassion.
This family business takes pride in delivering the best services at both of their locations.