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We offer many types of cremation services. Many families feel comfort knowing that we have our own crematory on-site. This means all services are done through us and we do not send your loved one on to another location for cremation.
Traditional Funeral Cremation Service
Some families wish to have the traditional funeral service, but would also like to do cremation. This service lets families do both, by having a visitation evening before with their loved one present, followed by services the next day. The funeral service can be at the families church or at our funeral home with a procession to the cemetery for the committal and veterans rites or other services that may apply. After the funeral service is complete the cremation will then take place. We have cremation caskets and also rental caskets which are used for this service. Each rental casket has a new insert placed into it after each service. Families may also do this service as a same day service. In this case we have done many services in the evening following a visitation at a church or our funeral home. The cremation takes place that evening and the family has an option of a committal service the following morning.
Wake & Memorial Service
With this service cremation is done first and a visitation is held followed by a memorial service in the same day.
Memorial or Graveside Service
This service includes a memorial service at the funeral home, church or cemetery. Cremation is done immediately, and there is no visitation time with this service. Some families wish to keep services short and simple so this completes their wishes.
Some families wish to have no services, so direct cremation is the service they choose. This is where we will complete the cremation for the family and return the cremated remains to the family.
With cremation we always must comply with the state laws in the county of the death. In Iowa cremation can take place as soon as we have the families permission and a permit from the Medical Examiners Office. In Wisconsin there is a mandatory 48 hour waiting period before a cremation can take place. A permit must also be obtained from the coroner in the county of death. Illinois has a 24 hour waiting period and also the coroner must issue a permit. Cremation permit fees vary from county to county.