Planning

Cremation Services are not difficult to plan, and the process for what happens after you pass is easy to understand. It’s of the utmost important that you have your will written with a family member desginated as the executor. 

ProviderThis will take care of the larger details. Upon your death, your family needs to be in contact with the funeral service that has been chosen to handle the arrangements.  Ideally, this has already been prearranged.  This makes it easier on your family who will undoubtedly be mourning and struggling with their loss.

Forms

For cremation, there are a myriad of forms that must be filled out and processed.  The entire processing time could take anywhere from 5 to 7 working days. During this period, your remains could be held at the funeral home or the cremation service, depending on if you have chosen direct cremation where there is no viewing of the body, or a visitation.

What You Need to Know about Cremation Services

Once all of the paperwork is approved by the authorized personnel (usually the Medical Examiner) the cremation process is cleared to begin.  In direct cremation, your body is taken from the place of death directly to the cremation service.  If you have chosen a memorial service, your body will be embalmed to prepare for public viewing at the service. After the memorial service or visitation, your body is taken to the cremation service or, if you have chosen a funeral home that is equipped with cremation capabilities, your body is cremated at the funeral home.

After the Cremation

Once the cremation is completed, the person who has been authorized to accept the remains is contacted.  Your ashes are placed in a temporary container or placed in an urn provided by the family. It is best to go over all of these details with each service provider as the process may vary from place to place. You should always have a clear understanding of what will happen before it happens.