At the Schulte & Mahon-Murphy Funeral Homes, we take pride in owning our own crematory, which is clean and modern, and operated by our own caring and dedicated staff. This ensures that your loved one never leaves our care, giving you peace of mind.
Following the cremation process, the staff at Schulte & Mahon-Murphy will help the family in placing cremated remains in a cemetery or mausoleum space. We can also provide valuable knowledge and assistance when the cremated remains are to be scattered, kept in one’s personal possession or apportioned.
Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding cremation options.
Cremation and Funerals
The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged.
Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.
What is done before or after the cremation is up to the survivors, or up to you. You can relieve the burden of these decisions by pre-planning your arrangements in advance of need so that your wishes will be honored.
Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and can be memorialized in many ways.
Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor does it require a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by ground burial. They can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional. Arrangements and ceremonies tend to be as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. They may be personalized specifically to reflect the life of the deceased, and thus have a special meaning. Schulte & Mahon-Murphy Funeral Homes is able to assist in any and all of your Funeral Service needs.
The Traditonal Cremation Service will be just like a Traditional Funeral Service except cremation will follow instead of the casketed burial. This can be accommodated by the use of a cremation casket (casket that is designed to be cremated) or the use of a rental casket. Following the viewing, service or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Urns are used to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be constructed out of basic materials like cardboard or plastic, or constructed out of more protective materials like basic and semi-precious metals, ceramics, and woods.
The Immediate Cremation Service can be arranged as an immediate disposition of the body, but is most times followed by a memorial service at the church, funeral home or other location. A Memorial Service is one where the body is not present. We recommend that if you select an immediate cremation that you are allowed a time, if possible, to privately view the body as a family. It is recommended that the viewing be done before the removal of the body to the funeral home or crematory. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. Viewing of the deceased is a very important step in acknowledging that the death has occurred. Having some type of service or ceremony is also a key ingredient to a healthy recovery of a loss due to a death.
A Direct Cremation refers to a cremation being provided, with limited services: removal and transportation of the deceased into our care, arrangements conference, clerical and record keeping, securing necessary permits, certificates and authorizations, and return of remains to the family.
Importance of Memorialization
Memorialization provides a permanent, secure place for cremated remains to be placed, and for family members and descendants to honor the lives of the deceased.
Cremation allows families many choices for memorializing a loved one. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains with them at home, or to scatter the remains over land or water. Schulte & Mahon-Murphy offers the following memorialization options, among others, for cremated remains.
Memorialization Options for Cremation
- OUTDOOR NICHES - The cremated remains of your loved ones may be safely held in columbarium niches located at local cemeteries or churches.
- SCATTERING – Your loved one’s remains may be scattered freely within a dedicated, natural environment. There are also certain services which offer scattering among the sea or the stars.
- TRADITIONAL BURIAL – In ground burial on a family plot – Urns may be buried at the head or foot of a grave site.
- PERSONALIZED MEMORIALIZATION. – Inscribe your family member’s name and a special saying on a tree plaque, park bench or other special memorial. We offer custom, unique urns and keepsakes perfect for displaying inside your home, as well as a large selection of remembrance jewelry. For an overview of these items, please contact us directly and we will personally address your needs.