Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?
Cremations do not differ from burials when it comes to a memorial service. Whether a family chooses a traditional burial (ground interment, mausoleum interment) or a cremation, the family still has the option having a memorial service. And a memorial service for a cremation is just as important with the healing process as a memorial service with a traditional burial.
Where does the cremation take place?
Cremations take place at Serenity Mortuary Services.
What is required to cremate?
We are required to file a death certificate with the state along with maintaining our cremation permit from the state. Next of kin will need to sign identification verification and authorization paperwork before the cremation can begin.
What happens during the cremation process?
There are many steps in our cremation process to ensure safety and security for your loved one. Once your loved one is in our care, we place a titanium band around the ankle. This special indestructible band has a unique number that is assigned to your loved one and that number will never be repeated. Our identification band will remain with your loved one through the entire process.
Before cremation takes place, a Professional Director will meet with you to collect the vital statistical information and acquire all necessary permissions and signatures. The Funeral Home will take care of obtaining the Death Certificates and permits.
Once the above steps are completed, the cremation will be scheduled. When the cremated remains are returned from the crematory they will be placed in the urn that has been selected by you. The urn is marked and identified with the name of your loved one, the identification number and the funeral home name.
Can I witness the cremation?
Yes. The crematory does offer the ability to schedule a witnessed cremation. This will only entail viewing the body being placed into the crematory unit, and there is a seperate charge from the crematory.
What can I do with the cremated remains after cremation?
We consult with you in making four essential decisions. First, we help you develop a unique way to say, “Good-bye.” This is best done by having a memorial service. Second, we assist you in the selection of an appropriate cremation container which is used to enclose your loved one’s remains prior to the cremation. Third, we offer you a selection of urns that will protect the integrity of your loved one’s cremated remains. Fourth, we provide you with the multiple options available for the final disposition of the cremated remains of your loved one. We offer keepsakes which are smaller containers used to house a portion of the remains. Final placement in a cemetery or home is common, and some people choose to scatter the remains.
What types of services are available with cremation?
Some people are under the misconception that a full traditional service is not available with cremation. This is wrong. We encourage people to have a celebration of their loved ones life with a funeral and/or visitation with cremation. The only difference with a cremation, is instead of going to the cemetery for burial, cremation is scheduled. You can have a funeral service before the cremation or a memorial service afterwards.