What happens to medical devices such as hip implants and pacemakers?
Fragments of metal are separated and removed prior to pulverization. Pacemakers have an explosive risk, and are removed prior to cremation with permission from the next of kin.
My family may be willing to accept my plans for cremation, but they would like me to have a funeral service with the body present. Is this possible?
Yes, if such a funeral is desired, the deceased can be embalmed and placed in a ceremonial casket. With cremation the full funeral can be held without the expense of purchasing a casket or vault.
Why should I prepay for my cremation service?
The main reason is to safeguard against inflation. If fully funded the cremation cost will be completely covered at the time of death. This is accomplished through an irrevocable guaranteed contract. This can be advantageous as circumstances change and funds become depleted. Another advantage is that important personal information collected as part of the pre-arrangement is obtained prior to death. This information is beneficial for obituary notices and possible monetary benefits for the family.