Urns, Cremation Containers, Embalming, and Disposition

Do I need an urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in the suitable container provided by the family. The suitable container must be able to house at least 200 cubic inches of cremated remains and be able to be closed (a bowl would not be considered a suitable container). If all the cremated remains cannot fit into the container provided, the excess cremated human remains will be disposed of in any non-retrievable manner as permitted by law. The container must be in our custody before the cremation can be performed.

Is a casket needed for cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required by state law is a rigid container (additional fees apply) which is cremated with the body. This cremation container houses the deceased prior to and during the actual cremation and is consumed during the cremation process and should not be confused with an urn.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?
Absolutely not and it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, immediate family members may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation in our private viewing room. The deceased is first washed, dressed and prepared for viewing. However, under certain circumstances embalming may be required, such as a public visitation.