How big of a price difference is there with cremation compared to standard ground burial?
In some situations, cremation will reduce funeral expenses by over $4000 vs. a ground burial. There are also situations where cremation will exceed the cost of ground burial. The cost depends many factors including the type of permanent memorial, location of the memorial, urn and placement selected. We will be happy to review all of the different options with their associated costs so you receive the service that is fitting for you.
Do all religions permit cremation?
Some religions prefer cremation; some do not recommend the practice; most permit you to choose. Should you have any questions or concerns, we suggest you speak with a member of your clergy, or contact us.
If I am cremated, can I be buried with my spouse even if they were in a casket?
Yes — Depending upon the cemetery's policy, you may be able to save a grave space by having the cremains buried on top of the casket of your spouse, or utilize the space provided next to him/her. Many cemeteries allow for multiple cremated remains to be interred in a single grave space.
Are cremations done individually?
Yes. State law provides that only one body may be cremated at a time.
When after death can a cremation take place?
Because cremation is an irreversible process and because the process itself will eliminate any ability to determine exact cause of death, Illinois state requires that each cremation be authorized by the coroner or medical examiner which can occur after the required 24 hour hold period.
Why is refrigeration of the remains necessary?
Due to the irreversible nature of cremation, Illinois state requires a waiting period of 24 hours before the actual process may begin. Unless a body is embalmed, refrigeration is the only alternative available that will retard tissue decomposition. Refrigeration is a necessity that protects family and friends, the crematory operator and the general public from potential health hazards.
Is embalming necessary for cremation?
No. In most cases, it is your choice. It may depend on such factors as whether the family selected a service with a public viewing of the body. Embalming may also be necessary if the body is going to be transported by air or rail, or because of the length of time prior to the cremation.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
With cremation, your options are numerous. The cremains can be interred in a cemetery plot, i.e., earth burial, placed in a niche in a mausoleum, retained by a family member, or scattered in a place that was significant to the deceased. (It is always be advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place.)
Is a casket required?
No. For sanitary reasons, ease of placement and dignity, our crematory requires that the deceased be cremated in a combustible, leak proof, rigid, covered container. This does not need to be a traditional casket. The type of cremation casket or container selected is really a personal decision.
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