Cremation is increasingly popular as a means of dispositioning the deceased. Yet, when faced with the death of a loved one, there are many families and individuals with questions about how cremation works. It’s not something that people commonly discuss in great detail, so it’s no surprise when questions need to be answered. At St. Louis Cremation, our team is more than happy to answer these questions. Understanding the process of a cremation service in Ballwin, MO can help you to make informed decisions about whether it is a good choice for your family’s needs.
Here are the most common questions that we receive from the community, along with our answers:
- Is cremation care an affordable solution? Yes. Compared to the cost of a traditional funeral with full service, cremation is much less expensive. Basic service for a direct cremation is significantly cheaper. If additional services and equipment are wanted, the price will increase. The biggest advantage of cremation is avoiding the cost of embalming, casket, grave plot, hearse rental, and funeral services.
- How much time does a cremation require? It generally takes between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the weight and size of the body. The ashes must then be cooled and processed before being returned to the family.
- I’ve heard there is a waiting period before a cremation can take place. Is that true? If so, how long must we wait? Yes, the law requires a waiting period. Depending on location, it is usually between 2 and 3 days. During this time the medical examiner will provide their oversight and authorization to proceed. The legal next of kin must also provide approval for the cremation to move forward. The deceased will be kept in a secure area at a refrigerated temperature during the waiting period.
- Do you require embalmment before cremation? No, embalming is not required as part of the cremation process. However, if the body of the deceased will be present at a funeral or viewing service before the cremation, then embalming must be completed.
- What should I do with the ashes of my loved one? There is no right or wrong way to lay your loved one to rest. You can choose to place the ashes in an urn or ash container and keep them with you at home. You could bury them in an ash garden, or a small cemetery plot. You could choose to place them in a columbarium niche or scatter them in a beautiful place where allowed by the law. Some people choose to have the ashes used in a decorative jewelry keepsake. The choice is up to you.
- Is the body of the deceased dressed when they are cremated? The deceased is dressed in clothing chosen by them or their family after they’ve died. On occasion, people choose to wear no clothing. They wish to leave this world the way they entered it – naked. Clothing is a personal choice and is optional as part of a cremation service in Ballwin, MO.
- Can small items be placed in the cremation casket with our loved one? Yes, but it depends on what the item is. Families that make this request often wish to include messages of love, such as written notes or children’s drawings. These things can generally be accommodated. Be sure to speak with the crematory director for a specific item that you’d like to include in the cremation. They can advise you on what is safe and appropriate to place with the body.
- Can I attend the cremation? And can I participate in any manner? Generally, yes you can attend and participate. The amount to which you can be involved may vary depending on the facility. If you’d like to be involved, be sure to ask the crematory directory about it in advance.
- Is cremation better for the environment? Some certainly see it that way. Cremation uses high heat and flame to accelerate the decomposition process, returning the body to an elemental state. The fuel source used is liquified petroleum or natural gas. In some instances, diesel oil is used. This can be troubling for those who prefer an environmentally friendly means of disposition. If this is important to you, consider alternatives such as “green” burial.
- How much does cremation with a service cost? When you contact us to inquire about services and pricing, the law requires us to provide our general price list to you for review. Call us for a discussion and detailed price information.
Affordable Cremation Services in Ballwin, MO
Whether you need a full-service funeral with cremation, or a direct cremation with simplified support, we’re here to help your family in your time of need. St. Louis Cremation provides a wide array of service options. Ask us about preneed planning for cremation service in Ballwin, MO. Our Ballwin office is located at 14374 Manchester Rd Ballwin, MO 63011. Call us today at (636) 227-4488.