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What is cremation?
Cremation is a process of reducing the body to bone fragments by applying intense heat for a period of two to three hours. The cremated remains are then removed from the cremation chamber and processed into finer fragments to be placed in a temporary container. They typically weigh between three and six pounds. An urn may be selected for the final disposition of the cremated remains.
Do we need to buy a casket?
Illinois state law requires that at a minimum, the deceased must be placed into a rigid combustible container. Many options of caskets and containers are available to you.
Can we place personal mementos in the casket prior to cremation?
Many personal items may be placed in the casket; however, some items may need to be removed prior to the cremation process. All items left in the casket will be destroyed during the cremation. Your funeral director can advise you on which items may stay and which items must be removed from the casket.
Do we need to have a funeral if we select cremation?
Cremation does not limit the type of funeral service that may be chosen. The same options that apply to earth burial are available with cremation. Some of these choices include casket type, location of the service and visitation, music selection, open casket, and the display of personal mementos. Some families elect to have a complete service at the funeral home or place of worship. Others prefer to have a procession to the crematorium, similar to that often done to the cemetery for an earth burial.
If cremation:
• Would you like to use our chapel for a short service prior to the cremation?
• What type of urn would you prefer (metal, wood, marble, ceramic, etc.)?
• What type of final resting place would you prefer for your loved one (choice of burial, above ground niches, or scattering of cremated remains)?
• Would you like other members of the family to be with your loved one in the future? This determines the size of the resting place.
Decisions to be made regarding burial of an urn:
• What type of memorial do you prefer (bronze or granite marker set flush with the ground or an upright memorial)?
• Would you like to protect your loved one’s urn with a vault?
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