Frequently Asked Questions About Cremations

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone particles and ash through the application of direct flame and intense heat.

Cremation - Questions

Cremation - Answers

Can I have a service with cremation?

For those desiring cremation, you actually have more options and flexibility when it comes to service offerings. Everything is available from a traditional funeral ceremony followed by cremation and then burial to a memorial service after the cremation has occurred. Furthermore, since we are not restricted by the operating hours of the cemetery, you have the flexibility to schedule your ceremonies for day or night.

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Is embalming required?

No. Michigan law does require that the body be embalmed if it does not reach its final destination within 48 hours after death. We also require embalming if you elect to have a public ceremony with an open casket.

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Is a casket necessary for cremation?

Crematories require the body be in a rigid, leak-proof container for dignified handeling and transfer. We also have a variety of cremation containers and caskets that are very economical and manufactured specifically for cremation.

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Can we witness the cremation?

Definitely. The crematory's we use all have a Witness Area so that the initiation of the cremation process could be witnessed whether for religious, peace of mind, or other reasons.

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What can be done with the cremated remains?

Your options are many. The cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery, placed in a columbarium niche, kept at home,or scattered on private property.

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How long does the cremation process take?

It depends on the size of the individual and the type of cremation container or casket. Typically, the process takes 2 to 3 hours at a normal operating temperature of 1600 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

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What happens following the cremation process?

Following the actual cremation, all bone particles and other materials are retrieved from the cremation chamber. The remaining bone particles and ash are then reduced into a small, consistent size and placed in the selected urn.

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What do cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse beach sand. They are typically light gray in color. The cremated remains of an average size adult would weigh between 5 to 8 pounds and usually take up 200 cubic inches in volume or less.

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