Trusted and Dignified Cremations
Cremation as a disposition can be, and should be, just as personal as a burial and funeral service.
Personalizing a cremation with a celebration of life can be very therapeutic. A celebration gives you and your family something to concentrate on as you relive memories. We offer many ways to personalize a service. As with burial options, cremations can be personalized. From serving your loved one’s favorite ice cream to releasing butterflies, displaying memories through photo boards or even playing a tribute video, cremations should have the same focus in mind, celebrating the unique life lived. Learn more about the Celebrations of Life.
Some request direct cremation, eliminating “all the bother of funeral services” for family members. Funeral services and celebrations aren’t provided for the deceased; they’re there to help support and comfort the living. Direct disposal of cremated remains or scattering without a service or memorialization of any kind can cause emotional problems for survivors. With no celebration and permanent resting place, problems arise from inadequate grieving. Take time to consider family and friends.In suffering a loss, the traditional rites of passage and memorialization can be beneficial in helping individuals pass through the stages of grief. When the practice of cremation is accomplished with human dignity and recognition, it will:
- Help assuage grief
- Alleviate guilt
- Contribute to emotional stability
- Create peace of mind
Your Cremation Questions, Answered
Cremation is a contemporary disposition, and therefore there are still many questions to be answered. Here are some questions Celebrate Life Iowa funeral directors commonly answer to give you insight on the cremation process.
The cremation process depends on the size of the individual and the container used, but usually takes approximately 3 to 5 hours.
The temperature reaches between 1100 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
No. An alternative enclosed, rigid container constructed of wood or cardboard is required, which is cremated with the body. It needs to meet standards of safety, respect and dignity. In some states, no container is required.
You may choose to keep the cremated remains in your possession, scatter them where allowed, or bury them in a cemetery or place in a mausoleum. You can keep a portion of the remains as a remembrance in a small urn or in a keepsake.
Usually 4 to 5 pounds not including the urn.
The size of an adult urn we recommend is 200 cubic inches or approximately the size of a one gallon paint can.
Cremation is accepted by many religions. If you are uncertain whether cremation is favorable within a specific religion, contact us for help.
The cremated body may be disposed of in several ways, based on how you want to memorialize your loved one:
- Burial or entombment
Placement in a columbarium niche
Taken home by the family
Placement in a community niche, grave, or storage
Scattered in accordance with state and local regulations.
Yes. Planning ahead the details and payment of your cremation can be done with our help, at your convenience. You can also sign the Cremation Authorization; alleviating the burden from your family of choosing your funeral plans.
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