Common Questions

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These are some of the most frequently asked questions about our cremation process:

Q: How long does the actual cremation process take?

The total cremation time is dependent upon the weight of the body being cremated. Cremation of an average size adult can take from two to three hours … given a normal operating temperature of 1,500 – 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Q: Is embalming required?

The state of Missouri does not require embalming; however, the coroner may require embalming in special circumstances. Families may want to consider embalming if the deceased is to be prepared for viewing.

Q: Can persons with pacemakers be cremated?

If the deceased had a pacemaker or any other battery-operated medical device, they must be removed for safety purposes. Our cremation professionals follow strict measures to ensure that devices are removed prior to cremation. If you know of a device in the deceased, inform us immediately and we’ll make sure the appropriate arrangements are made prior to cremation.

Q: May I witness the cremation?

Many people wish to witness the cremation for personal closure or religious reasons. If desired, we can arrange for family members to witness the start of the cremation process. Please call us for more information.

Q: If I choose cremation, what options are available to me?

Some people still believe that if you choose cremation, you cannot have a funeral. The opposite is true. Many grief counseling experts recommend that a memorial gathering, a funeral service, or a service of remembrance be held. They afford the family closure and an opportunity to say farewell, while also allowing the healing process to begin. We offer several plans that include viewings, food catering, and ceremonies or gatherings. Call us to find out more.

Q: Should we consider having a viewing?

A viewing plays an important part in the funeral observance because it helps people accept the fact that a death has occurred. It is one more way for family members to cope with their sense of loss, and to start recovering from it.

Q: Will I need a casket for a cremation?

A cremation container is required to transport the deceased to the crematory. Please ask us to show you the casket and cremation container options for use in a funeral or memorial service.

Q: Are there other options for final disposition?

Cremation offers many options. You can choose an above- or in-ground burial or preservation in a columbarium niche or mausoleum. Scattering the remains in a place that has special meaning is also a popular choice. We will explain Missouri laws regarding scattering, help you arrange it, and help secure a permit if necessary.

Q: What arrangements can I make in advance?

Making arrangements in advance is a caring and responsible decision. You may make all arrangements for services including financial decisions in advance, and you can even prepay for greater peace of mind. Call us for more details.

If you have additional questions, call us at (636) 946-9896.

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