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  Practical Information For Your Survivors
                         In addition to pre-planning your funeral, completing a Personal Information Form and giving a copy to your estate trustee, spouse and children will give you the peace of mind in knowing they will have all the information they need to properly handle your wishes and the details of your estate.
Don’t put this form in your safety deposit box as these can be sealed until after the funeral.
About cremation
Cremation is an alternative to earth burial or mausoleum entombment: it does not limit the funeral in any way. Should you choose cremation, you will still have the same options for memorialization that any other family has. Cremation can take place before or after the funeral service. In this section, we’ve answered the most common questions we are asked about cremation. If you require further information, please contact us at any time.
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 removed from the cremation chamber, processed into finer fragments and placed in a temporary container. They weigh typically 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?
Tennessee 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. Hamlett-Dobson can advise you on what items may stay and what 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.

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