Does Your Local Funeral Home Handle
By John Roetker
Cremation has shown a steady increase as a method of
final disposition over the years. A full service funeral
home will handle cremation.
The actual process of cremation is performed in a
crematory. A funeral home may not have a crematory on
premises. However, if a funeral home offers cremation
service, it will have access to a local crematory.
As an example, we do not have a crematory on premises,
but we do handle cremation through an agreement with our
Wilbert Vault dealer in Streator, Illinois, located
fourteen miles south of Ottawa.
For Catholics, there may be some confusion about
cremation. Cremation is allowed by the Catholic Church.
However, the ashes of the deceased must be properly
buried. Scattering the ashes or keeping them in an urn
at a home or other location is not allowed.
Regardless of your faith, you should check with your
clergy to make sure that your loved one's disposition is
within your faith's guidelines.
Even though a loved one's eventual disposition is
cremation, there can still be a traditional visitation.
After the visitation, and any memorial service, the
remains would then be taken to the crematory.
There are various other options available to families
choosing cremation in regard to services and
memorialization. There are also options to consider for
urns as well as cremation caskets. We welcome all
questions about cremation.
If this is the type of service that you are considering
for your loved one, or as a pre-arrangement for
yourself, you can get answers to your questions from
your local funeral home director.
John Roetker owns and operates Gladfelter Funeral Home
in Ottawa, Illinois. John has 36 years of experience in
the funeral industry, and welcomes questions that deal
with the services that funeral homes provide. Most
obvious are wake or visitation services, embalming,
caskets, and cremation. John also addresses questions
about pre-arrangement of funeral services, also known as
If you have a question about these, or an issue more
specific to your situation, you can contact John by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (815)
433-0097, or you can visit their website at http://www.gladfelterfuneralhome.com.