W e offer secure, dignified cremations in our own crematory located on our premises in Auburn. As a Funeral Home & Crematory, Licensed Funeral Directors and Certified Crematory Operators, personally perform each cremation, because of this, your loved one never leaves the shelter of our care. You can have absolute peace of mind that you will receive your loved one's cremated remains. We wanted to make sure that families are
confident the cremated remains we are returning to them are indeed those of
their loved ones. This is done with our identification and accountability
system. As always, we encourage you to gather the necessary information from us so you can make an informed decision.
Our Cremation Packages start at $1650
and includes:Use of this web site for Tribute Video & DVD, Guestbook
entries, and the ease to send or receive sympathy cards through this website.The gift of a White Dove Release in memory of your loved one.
We are a Public Assistance Provider and Financing is available.
Cremation is often one of the least
understood options of funeral ceremonies. There are many different types
of services, from “Full Service Cremation” (visitation and funeral service
takes place before the cremation, just like a "regular funeral") to
the very basic Cremation only service (no or very little funeral service /
memorialization). Due to the recent increase in popularity there are many
ways to memorialize with cremation. As with all of our services, our funeral
home will always provide the gift of a White Dove Release to take place at an
out door memorial service when ever you choose.
What are the differences between
Crematory and Cremation Services?
Crematory means that our facility has an
actual crematory machine. This means that your loved one never leaves our care. The chain of custody is from you, to us, to you.
Cremation Services means that the funeral
home provides cremation services but the cremation process takes place at
another facility usually owned by someone else. All other providers of
cremation service utilize third party off non funeral home crematories.
Cremations explained in detail.
Cremation is the process of reducing the
body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat. This procedure
usually takes from two to three hours and occurs in a special type of furnace
known as a cremation chamber or retort. This process uses natural gas and
includes complete combustion which means that only heat comes out of a chimney
and the whole process is considered "green". The remains are then
processed into a finer substance and placed in a temporary container. Before
the remains are returned to the family, they are usually transferred to an urn
for permanent containment. *Note - Any metal
remaining, such as joint replacements, pins or plates are not simply removed and disposed of.. They are recycled to be used again in the medical field in the most ethical, and legal way possible by means of Implant Recyclers and the University of Michigan (for pace makers). Pace makers, if not reconditioned and used in the US are shipped off to third world countries to be used to help save lives. Metal from joint replacements etc. are melted down into pure ingots and sent back to joint replacement manufacturers.
Many people believe that at the time of
death, only two basic choices exist: immediate cremation of the body or a
complete funeral, including viewing, followed by burial. In fact, several
options are available for those who prefer cremation. Cremation and burial are
both defined as methods of caring for the body, and are just one part of a
Just like burial, cremation can occur after
a funeral where the casket is present at a place of worship or funeral home.
Likewise, cremation can occur after a memorial service. The urn may be present
for the memorial service, depending on the family's wishes.
As with burials, a cremation funeral may be
preceded by a period of visitation or a reception at the funeral home. During
this time and before the service, the casket may be open or closed, according
to the preferences of the survivors. Instead of a public visitation, some
families opt to receive friends at their residence or other location, which is
another matter of personal choice. After cremation, a public or private service
may be arranged for the final placement of the cremated remains.
Generally, the cremation process itself
costs less than burial or entombment. However, a more accurate comparison must
include the services chosen to be a part of the total funeral. We can offer
current information on cremation costs. Frequently
happens during the
The casket or container is placed in
the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1600
degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately, 2 to 2 1/2 hours, all
organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The residue which is left is
bone fragments, known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are then
carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a
magnet and later disposed of by means of Implant Recycling. The cremated
remains are then processed into fine particles and are placed in the container
provided by the crematorium or placed in an urn purchased by the family. The
entire process takes approximately three hours. Throughout the cremation process,
a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification.How hot does the oven get?Although there are several
manufacturers of cremation units, the optimum temperature range is 1600 degrees
to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
How long does it take to cremate a body?Cremating
at the optimum temperature (1600 - 1800 degrees), the average weighted remains
takes 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Several more hours may be required before the cremated
remains are available to the family.Are cremations done individually?
Laws require that only one casket or container is cremated at a time.Is the body exposed to
an open flame during the cremation process?
the body is exposed to direct heat and flame. Cremation is performed by placing
the deceased in a casket or other container and then placing the casket or
container into a cremation chamber or retort, where they are subjected to
intense heat and flame.When after death can a cremation take place?
cremation is an irreversible process and because the process itself will
eliminate any ability to determine exact cause of death, in Schuylkill County, a cremation must be authorized by the coroner and a minimum of 24 hours must elapse before cremation may
take place. Is any other preparation required prior to cremation?
is essential that pacemakers and other medical devices be removed prior to
cremation. They may explode when subjected to high temperature, which can be
hazardous to crematorium staff and equipment. In addition, any special
mementos, such as jewelry, will be destroyed during the cremation process.
Anything you wish to keep should be removed by the funeral director before the
casket or container is transferred to our crematorium.Is it true that the bones are crushed after Cremation? I've heard you don't get ashes back -- what
do you get?A
complete cremation is a two-step process. Firstly, the actual exposure of the
deceased to several hours of intense heat and flame; after which the remains
are mostly ash except for certain bone fragments, then the entire remaining ash
and fragment volume is gathered and run through a processor, creating a uniform
powder-like texture.Why is refrigeration of the remains necessary?
to the irreversible nature of cremation, most states require a waiting period
before the actual process may begin. Refrigeration is the only alternative
available, other than embalming, that will retard tissue decomposition.
Refrigeration is a necessity that protects family and friends, the crematory
operator and the general public from potential health hazards. We have our own
refrigeration unit.Is embalming necessary for cremation?
It is your choice. It may depend on such factors as whether the family selected
a service with a public viewing of the body with an open casket, or to enhance
the deceased's appearance for a private family viewing; if the body is going to
be transported by air or rail, or because of the length of time prior to the
cremation.Is a casket required?
For sanitary reasons, ease of placement and dignity, our funeral home requires
that the deceased be cremated in a combustible, leak proof, rigid, covered container.
This does not need to be a casket as such. What is required is an enclosed,
rigid, container made of wood or other combustible material to allow for the
dignified handling of human remains. The type of casket or container selected
is really a personal decision, Caskets and containers are available in a wide
variety of materials ranging from simple cardboard containers to beautifully
handcrafted oak, maple or mahogany caskets.Are there special cremation caskets?
is a choice of very affordable cremation caskets that are completely
combustible. The selection includes options from a plain cardboard container to
a hardwood casket.Can a casket be rented instead of purchased when choosing cremation?
funeral homes offer a hardwood ceremonial casket for viewing or funeral
services prior to cremation. The ceremonial (or rental) casket is specifically
designed to provide an aesthetically pleasing, affordable and
environmentally prudent alternative to purchasing a casket for a cremation
service. Our funeral home does not utilize rental caskets for sanitary reasons.
To us, this just is not proper or dignified.Can I bring my own urn?
— It would be advisable that you discuss this situation with us prior to the
cremation. The size of your urn will be of great importance if you plan to have
your loved one's entire cremated body included in this container.Can I watch the cremation?
can usually be made through the Cremation Authorization Form for relatives or
representatives of the deceased to witness the cremation.Do all funeral homes and cemeteries have a crematory?
- actually only a small percentage of cremation service providers have their
own cremation units and are actual “Crematory’s”.Is cremation a substitution for a funeral?
cremation is simply a method of preparing human remains for final disposition.Do I have to make different funeral arrangements if I chose cremation?
really depends entirely on how you wish to commemorate a life. One of the
advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when
you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You might, for example, choose
to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time
of cremation or after the cremation with the urn present; or a committal
service at the final disposition of cremated remains. Funeral or memorial services
can be held in a place of worship, a funeral home or in a crematorium chapel.Can we have the service before or after the cremation?
completely a matter of family preference. Many times when a family is split
regarding the decision to cremate, a compromise may be achieved by having a
traditional service first - to be followed by cremation.What can be done with the cremated remains?
cremation, your options are numerous. The cremains can be interred in a
cemetery plot, i.e., earth burial, retained by a family member, usually in an
urn, scattered on private property, or at a place that was significant to the
deceased. (It would always be advisable to check for local regulations
regarding scattering in a public place.) Cremation is just one step in the
commemorative process-- the preparation of the human remains for
memorialization. Today, there are many different types of memorial options from
which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been
practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and
provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future
generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision. The limit
is set only by your imagination.Can I scatter the remains on private property?
with permission of the owner.What is memorialization for a cremation?
might choose ground burial of the urn. If so, you may usually choose either a
bronze memorial or monument. Also available at many cemeteries are cremation
niches in columbariums. They offer the beauty of a mausoleum setting with the
benefits of above ground placement of remains. Many cemeteries also offer
scattering gardens. This area of a cemetery offers the peacefulness of a serene
garden where family and friends can come and reflect.What is a columbarium?
A columbarium, often located within
a mausoleum or chapel, sometimes free-standing, either indoor or outdoor, is
constructed of numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns
containing cremated remains.If I'm going to be cremated, why would I want my
remains to be placed in a columbarium, or interred or scattered at the
cemetery? Why shouldn't I just have them scattered in the sea or in some other
place of my choosing?
As long as it is permitted by local
regulations, your cremated remains can be scattered in a place that is
meaningful to you. This can, however, present difficulties for your survivors.
Some people may find it hard to simply pour the mortal remains of a loved one
out onto the ground or into the sea. If you wish to be scattered somewhere, it
is therefore important to discuss your wishes ahead of time with the person or
persons who will actually have to do the scattering. Another difficulty with
scattering can occur when the remains are disposed of in an anonymous, unmarked
or public place. Access to the area may be restricted for some reason in the
future, undeveloped land may be developed, or any of a host of other conditions
may arise that could make it difficult for your survivors to visit the site to
remember you. Even if your cremated remains are scattered in your backyard,
what happens if your survivors relocate sometime in the future? Once scattered,
cremated remains cannot easily be collected back up. Having your remains
placed, interred or scattered on a cemetery's grounds ensures that future
generations will have a place to go to remember. If remains are scattered
somewhere outside the cemetery, many cemeteries will allow you to place a
memorial of some type on the cemetery grounds, so survivors have a place to
visit that will always be maintained and preserved.Why is having a place to visit so important?
Because it provides a focal point
for memorializing the deceased. To remember, and be remembered, are natural
human needs. Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a
key component of almost every culture. The Washington
Monument, Tomb of the Unknowns and Vietnam "Wall" in Washington, D.C are examples of
memorialization which demonstrate that, throughout our history, we have always
honored our dead. Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the
funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important
emotional function for survivors by helping to bring closure and allowing the
healing process to begin. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased
is a dignified treatment for a loved one's mortal remains, which fulfills the
natural human desire for memorialization.If I am cremated, can I be buried with my spouse
even if he or she was in a casket?
Yes — Depending upon the cemetery's
policy, you may be able to save a grave space by having the cremains buried on
top of your casketed spouse, or utilize the space provided next to him/her.
Many cemeteries allow for multiple cremains to be interred in a single grave space.Can I take the cremated remains home?
Yes. The remains are normally placed
in an urn. Most families select an urn that is suitable for placement on a
mantle or shelf. Urns are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and
materials.How big of a price difference is there with cremation
compared to standard ground burial?
The cost depends on the type of
permanent memorial, location of the memorial, urn and placement selected.Do all religions permit cremation?
Some religions prefer cremation;
some do not recommend the practice; most permit you to choose. Should you have
any questions or concerns, we suggest you speak with a member of your clergy,
or contact us.