Cremation is a growing choice in our country and one that is widely accepted within many religions. When a body is cremated in our crematory, it is reduced to its natural elements quickly and without chemicals. All of our cremations are done at our sister location under the care of the funeral director you make arrangements with. Since we do not go through a third party Cremation Specialist, we are able to return your loved one to you or hold a memorial service in a timely manner.
There are many options that come with the choice of cremation.
- Visitation: taking place before the cremation, this service often has an open casket which allows family and friends to say their final goodbyes.
- Memorial Service: taking place days or months after a cremation, this service is often referred to as a Celebration of Life. Family and friends gather to share stories and honor their loved one. Often, pictures and an urn are present with a slideshow playing in the background.
- Niche Placement: after memorial service or when the family is ready, a gathering can be held at the niche to watch the urn and small trinkets be placed and sealed within.
- Burial: this service is much like a niche placement, only the urn is buried. In our cemetery we do require a vault to be purchased to protect the urn and help keep the grounds level.
Common Questions about Cremations
Keep in mind that laws and procedures vary from state to state and from provider to provider. You are always welcome to contact us to answer your questions in more detail or to schedule a free appointment.
Is Embalming Required Prior To Cremation?
Embalming is ONLY required if there will be a public visitation service. If there is no visitation, embalming is a choice for a family to make based on their needs and views.
Can The Body Be Viewed Without Embalming?
Yes, immediate family members may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation. San Tan Mountain View has several options to help families.
- Identification Viewing is encouraged because of the legal ramifications. The deceased is placed on a dressing table under a sheet and blanket for the family to view.
- Interpersonal Service offers family members time to view their loved one after they have been dressed and placed in an alternative container with a pillow and interior of their choosing.
- Public viewing for a visitation or funeral service requires embalming and an appropriate alternative container with handles.
Can The Family Witness The Cremation?
Yes, San Tan Mountain View will allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber.
Is A Casket Needed For Cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is usually required is an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard, which is cremated with the body. Families wishing to have a visitation may select a wooden or similar casket, or rent a casket for the viewing paired with an alternative casket for the cremation.
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 remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased through us, or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary container.
Can An Urn Be Brought Into Church?
Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic Churches also allow the cremated remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. In fact, if the family is planning on a memorial service, we encourage the cremated remains be present as it provides a focal point for the service. It is also good to incorporate personalization.
Don’t Most Funeral Homes Have A Crematory?
Most funeral homes subcontract this delicate procedure out to a third party provider where the funeral home has little or no control over the crematory’s operating procedures. Often, the family incurs additional transportation expenses and needless delay. By contrast, San Tan Mountain View has their own crematory on premises.
Can Two Cremations Be Performed At Once?
Never, not only is it illegal to do so, but most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus, it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.
What Do The Cremated Remains Look Like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to six pounds.
Do You Have Questions?
We are happy to answer all your questions in great detail.