Cremation Options

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Cremation Services

Cremation is a form of final disposition that offers great flexibility with regard to planning a service. There are many options for handcrafting a service for family members who are coming from a distance, when financial considerations are a concern, and when there is a desire for scattering cremated remains at a special location or keeping your loved ones remains with the family in the event of future relocation. There are also many options with regard to personal or specialized urns and memorial or cremation jewelry.

Funeral Service with Cremation
For many, a choice is made of a traditional funeral service with cremation as the final disposition, rather than ground burial. This option allows the family to blend both traditional and special wishes together to provide an even more personalized celebration of life. There may be a traditional visitation, and during the funeral, the casket is present at the service. The body may be cremated in a casket or special cremation container and arrangements for final placement of the cremated remains may be determined with a funeral director.

Cremation with Service
A service can be held with an urn present following a cremation. These types of services allow family and friends to gather at places of worship, cemeteries, homes, and other locations. If your family wishes to have either a private viewing or a formal visitation with the body present, we will assist you with those arrangements before the cremation takes place.

Direct Cremation
The option of basic cremation is a type of service in which no formal visitation or services are held. With this option, embalming is not required, an alternative cremation container is used for transportation of the deceased to our crematory and the cremated remains are returned to your family in an urn of your choice.

At J. Henry Stuhr, our cremation options hold firm to several ethical and professional standards:

The deceased is always in our care – we use no outside vendors whatsoever. Since we operate our own crematories and do not rely on services of any other entity, you are assured of the utmost security and integrity.

Our crematory staff are all certified specialists for operation of the crematory. No non-certified personnel are involved in the process.

J. Henry Stuhr has staff dedicated only to handling the process of the required authorizations and approvals for cremation.

Each person is treated with the highest level of dignity as though a member of our own family – bathed and dressed appropriately for cremation.

The handling of cremated remains follow a well-tracked process from the moment they leave the place of death until their delivery to the family for final disposition.

Understanding the Cremation Process
The practice of cremation dates back to ancient times, and it remains a popular choice of final disposition for a variety of personal, religious and environmental reasons. The cremation process requires a casket or an alternative cremation container holding the deceased to be placed into a cremation retort. The cremated remains are then placed in an urn chosen by your family and made available for you to keep, have placed in a niche or columbarium, scatter or bury.
Our cremation facilities are staffed by certified crematory specialists who follow strict ethical and professional standards. Once the body of your loved one is taken into our care, we strive to perform the cremation process with dignity from start to finish. We will be there to walk you through all the necessary paperwork and to assist you in determining the type of cremation option to best suit your needs as you seek to honor the life that was lived. We have staff dedicated to handling the process of all required authorizations and approvals for the cremation process and the handling of cremated remains follows a well-tracked process from the moment the deceased leaves the place of death until the delivery of cremated remains to your family for final disposition.

Only the direct next of kin may sign for cremation of the deceased. At the current time, the flow of those authorized to sign for another’s cremation is as follows:

The person designated as agent for this purpose by the decedent in a Will or other verified and attested document (Please note: In a Will, it must specifically authorize cremation.)

The spouse of the decedent at the time of the decedent’s death

The decedent’s surviving adult children (all)

The decedent’s surviving parents (both)

The persons in the next degree of kinship under the laws of descent and distribution to inherit the estate of the decedent

A person designated a “Power of Attorney” is not authorized to sign for cremation of another.

Your Funeral Director is well-versed in the laws and regulations regarding cremation and will assist you in making sure your decisions and the services you select are handled efficiently and effectively.

Personalizing a Service

Helping you personalize the service you desire is at the heart of what we do at Stuhr Funeral Home. From encouraging you to select music or photographs which reflect the life of the one you have loved, we are dedicated to making this a very special celebration for you and your family.

A funeral or memorial service should be a reflection of the life being remembered. J. Henry Stuhr is committed to working with each and every family to meet their needs, respect their financial abilities, and to enable the family to grieve in the way which helps them move forward. But, it does not end there. We are committed to the provision of quality and long-standing aftercare.