Choosing Cremation Services

Cremation is a time-honored way to memorialize a loved one. We offer options so you may choose the services that best suit your wishes and traditions.

Traditional Cremation Service

We will arrange a gathering of family and friends for a meaningful service or celebration of the individual’s life. Cremation will then follow. After this, the cremated remains can be buried, properly scattered, or returned to family for safekeeping.

Cremation Before Services

An immediate cremation can be arranged and is frequently followed by a memorial service or celebration of life at a place of worship, one of our funeral homes, or at another location of your choice. Many people arrange a private viewing with their family before cremation. The options are open and the final choice is strictly a matter of family preference.

Direct Cremation

This is a cremation provided with no accompanying services, ceremonies or urn. We will attain the proper permit and death certificate, be there during cremation, and arrange for the transfer of the cremated remains to a specified individual or destination.

Affordable Cremation

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Personalized Care

Our focus is on you and your family and we are here to make sure every unique need and wish is fulfilled so that you are beyond satisfied. With compassion and experience, our team of professionals guides you through our complete cremation services and takes care of all the arrangements you desire with full sensitivity and support. If you prefer a funeral service or celebration of life to precede or follow a cremation, we will work closely with you to create one that is meaningful and true to your loved one who has passed.

Please be assured that our complete services include:

  • Transfer of your loved one into our care
  • Securing the necessary permits and death certificate
  • Helping your family with the selection of an urn and urn vaults
  • Arranging visitation, calling hours, and funeral plans
  • Coordinating music, photos, and media to be played throughout the service
  • Coordinating all the details with clergy and place of worship
  • Overseeing arrangements and supervision of funeral, memorial service or celebration of life, cremation, burial, cemetery space, flowers, urns and headstones or monuments
  • Arranging transportation for you and your family
  • Placing the obituary and funeral notices in newspapers and on appropriate websites

What Do You plan for cremation service

As we work together to plan the services for your loved one,
there are specific items you may wish to review and include in the services.

We will be happy to go over these items with you in person. If you prefer to review and make your selections online, we offer an easy-to-use web-based catalog with item details and high-resolution images that you can access from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You can:

  • Review the entire selection, which is organized by category and easily navigable
  • Click to select and save your choices as you consider your options
  • Submit your selections online. We will immediately follow up and help you finalize your choice
Visit Our Online Catalog

Frequently

Asked Questions

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about our cremation services. For more information please feel free to contact us.

Is cremation a substitute for a funeral?

No, cremation is an alternative to interment in the earth or entombment and often follows a traditional funeral service.

Is cremation less expensive than burial?
Crematory fees are typically less expensive than traditional burial costs. Caskets, cemetery grave sites or burial vaults are not required. Ultimately, the overall expense depends on your family’s plans and wishes.
If I decide to have a cremation, can I still have a funeral or viewing?

Yes. In our experience, families often prefer to have a visitation and a funeral service before the cremation of their loved one.

If I have a loved one who passes away out of state, can your local funeral home still help with cremation?

Yes. For instance, if death occurs at a second residence out of state and you wish to have your loved one cremated in that area, we will coordinate the cremation and any other services you choose, and then transfer the cremated remains to your specified destination.

What does a funeral director do for a cremation?

The priority of our funeral directors at Friedel, Williams, & Edmunds is to be there for you and to provide compassionate, professional support for your family. With our experienced team and warm approach, we carefully handle all the arrangements for the cremation service you choose. This includes seamless coordination with places of care and worship, as well as with the township to finish and file necessary documents and certificates. One of our funeral directors will securely transfer the cremated remains of your loved one to your family.

Can the family witness the cremation?

This can usually be arranged. Please discuss with one our funeral directors the option for family members to witness the cremation.

Why do we need an obituary notice?

While not legally required, it is helpful to friends and the community to have an obituary notice published announcing the passing and the type of service to be held. A notice can be placed in a local newspaper or online and will also be featured on our website.

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium is often located within a mausoleum, chapel or in an outdoor setting, such as a memorial garden. It is constructed with numerous small compartments — or niches — designed to hold urns containing cremated remains. It offers your loved ones and later generations a place to visit to pay their respects.