Our Cremation Services
We specialize in providing the community with affordable options for cremation services. A basic cremation can be as simple as providing the necessary services to facilitate the cremation and also educating families on how to hold their own meaningful memorial service. Our goal is to present you with your options so you can make an informed decision without the pressure of purchasing extra services.
Benefits of Cremation?
It is a more economical choice in general. Besides cremations being less expensive than burials, cremation urns are considerably less expensive than caskets.
Scattering of the deceased's remains in a place of significance becomes an option. Burial costs of cremated remains is much less than the cost of burying a body in a casket. The costs involved with the burial of a casket are for such things as the purchase and perpetual care of a grave plot, the opening and closing fees of the plot, a grave-liner and a grave-marker.
Burial Versus Cremation?
We understand that certain people have a preference when it comes to the decision of cremation versus burial, and we respect those wishes. We do offer direct simple and environmental options for those who wish burial. It is difficult however to quote a specific price for burial due to the variation of fees in different cemeteries. The general pricing guide for our cremation option would remain the same.
We want to provide a service that respects your wishes. It is our goal to remain economical and we support your decision to simplify final wishes. Our aim is to create an environment that is relieved of high pressure sales tactics. Our commitment is to ensure our families are aware of their options and associated costs so they have the information to make the best choice. What happens in the case of an unexpected death?
If there is a medical emergency, dial 911 to contact emergency services for assistance. An unexpected death may occur at home, at a hospital or at a nursing home. The coroner's office may be contacted in certain situations. This is a routine procedure and should not cause you or your family any unnecessary anxiety. In this situation the coroner will come to your home, or to the hospital to view the body. The coroner will discuss the removal of the body or the timing of its release with you.
What is Cremation?
The word cremation comes from the Latin word cremo which means to burn. Cremation involves the application of high temperature, typically between 1400 and 2100 Degrees Fahrenheit (760 to 1150 Deg. C), to a wooden box or casket which holds the deceased. The body and container are consumed by the heat. The entire process takes about 4 hours.
History of Cremation
Archaeologists believe that cremation started around 3000 BC. It was most likely used first in Europe or possibly the Near East. Between 800 BC and 600 BC in Greece and Rome, cremation was the most common method of final disposition. In other cultures however, other methods were being used:
The Christian church rejected cremation, partly because of its similarities with the pagan societies of Greece and Rome. The Christians buried their dead in graves. In ancient China, they were buried. Ancient Egyptians embalmed their bodies then buried them in tombs.
When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, other religions were exiled or exterminated. Burial then became the only method of disposition throughout Europe. An Italian, Professor Brunetti, developed the first modern cremation chamber in the 1870's. This caused movement towards cremation in Europe and North America. In 1886, the Roman Catholic Church banned cremations. Church members were excommunicated for arranging them up until World War II. The Eastern Orthodox ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople stated in 1961 that "There is no formal Orthodox rule against cremation, but there is a heavy weight of custom and sentiment in favour of Christian burial". There are approximately 1,100 crematories and 470,915 cremations per year in North America.