Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation. Keep in mind that laws and procedures vary from state to state and from provider to provider.
- What is Cremation?
- Can the family witness the cremation?
- Is a casket needed for cremation?
- What about Scattering?
What is Cremation?
"Cremation" is the process by which human remains are reduced to bone fragments.
Dignity, health and safety concerns require that the remains be placed in a rigid container prior to cremation. It cannot be made from non-flammable materials.
A commonly asked question, "How do you know they are 'your' cremated remains?" Crematories are highly regulated, audited and inspected by the State on a regular basis.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes, in many cases, cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. You will need to speak with your funeral director to arrange this
Is a casket needed for cremation?
No, a traditional casket is not required for cremation, but most crematories require that the body be placed in a rigid container. We also have caskets designed especially for cremation. These can be used if viewing is requested or if the family wishes for the body to be present at a service, prior to cremation.
What about Scattering?
The federal and state government has regulations regarding the disposal of cremated remains and many local jurisdictions require notification and permits, as well as restricting the areas where remains may be scattered or otherwise disposed of.
Scattering on private property may only be done with the permission of the property owner. Cremated remains are alkaline. This should be kept in mind when scattering in a garden area. The scattering gardens in Northwood Park are designed with this in mind.