Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process by which a body is exposed to extreme heat, usually 1800-2000 degrees Fahrenheit for two or more hours. Through this process the body is reduced to its basic elements, which are referred to as the “cremated body” or “cremated remains”. Cremation occurs at a crematorium in a special kind of furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. After preparation, these cremated remains are placed in a temporary container that is suitable for transport.
Are there any religions that do not approve of cremation?
Orthodox Judaism and Islam forbid cremation. Today, all of the Christian denominations allow cremation. All other main religions are happy for their members to choose to be cremated. (The Catholic Church accepts cremation as long as it is not chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teachings.)
Does cremation contribute to atmospheric pollution?
The 1990 Environmental Protection Act placed certain responsibilities on crematoria to ensure that the process is carefully controlled to minimize the impact on the environment.
How can one be certain that all remains are kept separate, and receive the correct remains?
All responsible cremation providers have thorough operating policies and procedures in order to provide the highest level of service and reduce the possibility of human error.
Is a casket required for a cremation to take place?
A casket is not required for a cremation to take place. All that is required is an alternative container in most states. The construction can be made of wood or cardboard, which is cremated with the body. In some states, no container is required.
Is it required for an embalming to take place prior to cremation?
This is completely not true. Actually it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you it is required. It is not required in order to be cremated.
Can a cremation be witnessed by the family?
Yes, in most situations, the cremation providers will permit family members to be in attendances when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. Actually, a few religious groups include this as part of their funeral practice.
What options are available with the cremated remains?
There are countless options and laws do vary from state to state. Some options include remains being buried in a cemetery lot or cremations garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered into the sea.
Do most funeral homes have a crematory onsite?
No, most funeral homes have to contract out this very vital process to a third party providers.
What usually happens after the cremation is finished?
Cremated remains are placed into a temporary container, or a permanent urn, selected by the family.
Can more that one cremation be performed at once?
It is never done. Not only is it practical impossibility, but illegal to do so. The majority of modern cremation chambers are not of adequate size to house more that one adult.
What do cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains bear a resemblance to coarse sand and are chalky white in color.
Are all cremated remains returned to the family?
With the exclusion of minuscule and microscopic particles, all of the cremated remains are returned to the family.
Are urns required to collect the cremated remains?
Law does not require an urn. Nevertheless, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. I an urn is not purchased, or provided by the family, the cremated remains are usually returned in a temporary container.
Ruegg offers 3 different types of cremation packages.
Classic Cremation Tribute
This package includes:
Traditional one night visitation and tribute service next day.
Basic services of funeral director and staff for cremation, local transfer of remains to funeral home, embalming normal remains, cosmetology, grooming, dressing, and casketing of remains. One (1) night visitation at funeral home chapel, visitation day of service, tribute service using our facility, transportation to crematory, flower vehicle, service/ lead vehicle, rental casket, and crematory fee.
Memorial package: Register book, 100 custom memorial folders and two (2) boxes of thank you cards.
Additional remembrance items, Caring voices 24 hour grief counseling service,
Caring organizer, with 49 prewritten letters to help sort out business of your loved one.
Additional cost: Sales tax, cash advance items or any merchandise or urn not listed
This package includes:
Visitation and tribute service same day.
Package includes all services listed in Classic Cremation Tribute with visitation and services on the same day with four (4) hours maximum visitation before tribute service.
Additional cost: cash advance items, any merchandise, urn, or sales tax.
Basic Cremation Memorial Package
This package includes:
Cremation with memorial service following.
Basic services of funeral director and staff for cremation, local transfer of remains to funeral home, alternate care of remains, alternative container for cremation, packaging of remains for cremation, one (1) day refrigeration, transportation to crematory, memorial tribute at our chapel, lead/service vehicle and crematory fee for normal sized remains.
Additional remembrance items: Caring voices 24 hour grief counseling service, caring organizer, with 49 prewritten letters to help sort out business of your loved one.
Additional cost: sales tax, cash advance items, any merchandise or urn not listed.