Frequently Asked Questions
Funeral & Cremation Services in Buffalo, NY
What is cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone particles and ash through the application of intense heat and flame.
Can I have a service with cremation?
For those desiring cremation, you actually have more options and flexibility when it comes to service options. Everything is available from traditional funeral ceremony followed by cremation to a memorial service after cremation has occurred. Since we are not restricted by the operating hours of a cemetery, you have the flexibility to schedule your ceremonies for day or evening hours.
Is embalming required?
No, embalming is not required for cremation, however, if you choose an open casket visitation or ceremony with the body present, sometimes embalming is necessary.
Is a casket necessary?
No, but the law does require that the body be in a combustible container for transportation to the crematory and for the cremation process itself.
Can we witness the cremation?
Yes, you may accompany us to the crematory so that the initiation of the cremation process can be witnessed whether for religious, peace of mind or other reasons.
Can I be cremated if I am Catholic?
Yes. the Catholic Church has permitted cremation as a means of disposition. We would be glad to provide you with a copy of our brochure, "Cremation for Catholics". You may request this brochure here.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
Your options are many. The cremated remains may be buried in a cemetery, placed in a columbarium niche, kept at home, burial at sea, scattered on private property or in select public locations with written approval from the authorities presiding in that jurisdiction. Our staff can assist you in exploring those options.
How long does the cremation take?
It depends on the size of the individual and the type of cremation casket or container. Typically, the process takes two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of 1600 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
What happens following cremation?
Following the actual cremation, all of the bone particles and other materials are retrieved from the cremation chamber by sweeping them into a stainless steel collection container for cooling. Once cooled, all retrievable metal materials (casket parts, prosthesis, etc.) are removed by both visual inspection and strong magnets. The remaining bone particles and ash are then reduced into a small size and placed in the selected urn.
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