FAQ's about Cremation

Q:  What is cremation?

A:  Cremation is the process where high heat and flames are used to reduce a body to remains.


Q:  Is a casket necessary for cremation?

A:  No, caskets are not required for cremation.   Washington State only requires that an alternative container usually constructed of fiber board or composition material be used to contain the body.  The container is cremated with the body.


Q:  Why is it important to memorialize cremated remains?

A:  Cremated remains deserve a final resting place of peace, tranquility and honor; no different from a casketed burial.  Final resting places honor loved ones and give family and friends a place to visit.  Recovering from a loss of a loved one has no time-line.  Placement for memorialization gives those left behind a place to visit as often as necessary.  Often-times providing the peace that is necessary to move on.  Memorialization honors the deceased and for the living, is the gentle bridge to healing.


Q:  Must one embalm prior to cremation?

A:  It is not necessary to embalm prior to cremation.   If there will be a delayed viewing prior to cremation; embalming may want to be considered.


Q:  How do I know if I have received the remains of my loved one?

A:  Fairmount Memorial Association cemeteries and Heritage Funeral Home have in place stead-fast operating policies and procedures to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of services rendered.  Strict adherence to established operational standards provide multiple check points to reduce the possibility of human error.


Q:  How long is the cremation process?

A:  The process can vary from 1 – 3 hours.  Several variables can affect the timing.


Q:  Will I receive all of the cremated remains?

 A:   All remains that are able to be removed from the cremation chamber will be returned to the family.


Q:  Is it possible to do two cremations at one time?

A:  No; it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time.


Q:  Is it necessary to purchase an urn?

A:   One is not required to purchase an urn.  If entombment is planned at a cemetery or if a memorial service is planned, one may want to purchase an urn and/or an outer burial container.  Without the purchase of an urn, the remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.     Fairmount Memorial Association has a nice selection of urns to meet individual needs.


Q:  Are family members allowed to witness the cremation?

A:  Yes, Heritage Funeral Home is able facilitate the viewing of the cremation process.


Q:  Is ground burial available for cremated remains?

A:  Yes, ground burial is an option.  Please contact one of our cemetery offices for more information.


Q:  Is there a substantial difference in price between cremation and traditional burial?

A:  Traditional Burial is generally more expensive than cremation.  The extent to the difference between cremation and traditional burial will vary depending on how elaborate ones wishes are.


Q:  What memorialization options are available for cremated remains?

A:  Cremated remains can be memorialized at the cemetery of your choice.   Fairmount Memorial Cemeteries offer in-ground burials, above ground indoor or outdoor niche entombment as well as scattering of ashes at any one of our beautiful scattering gardens.


Q:  Is it possible to place an urn in with a spouse’s casket?

A:  Yes, it is possible to place an urn in with a casket.  For the second placement, Fairmount Memorial reserves the right to charge a second use fee for record keeping and memorialization.  Please contact one of our offices for further 2nd interment information.


Q:  For a cremation service; does the memorial happen before or after the cremation?

A:  The memorial service may happen either before or after the cremation.  This is strictly dependent on the wishes of the family.




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