Our Onsite Crematory

Why is Having an Onsite Crematory Important?

Your deceased family member never leaves our care

We are among the very few mortuaries in the entire state of Iowa to operate our own crematory inside our clean and secure facility. There is a huge difference between "cremation services" and "on-site cremation services," because of this we have opened our own crematory as an addition to our formal chapels to ensure the cremation process is handled with dignity and respect. When selecting cremation, choose wisely and do not rely on price only. We will not claim to be the least expensive, nor do we want to be, but we are the best at what we do when it comes to handling your loved one’s funeral needs. 

Your personal inspection is encouraged

We encourage your personal inspection. We are also equipped if a family member wants to view the initial start of the cremation process which no other funeral home in this area can accommodate.

Certified Cremationists

Our staff members are certified cremationists. We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to our commitment to dignity and honesty.

Understanding the cremation process

Cremation is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone by way of heat and flame. We prefer to say "cremated remains" rather than "ashes" because we believe that the term "ashes" can be misleading. Our funeral directors or crematory staff can explain the consistency of cremated remains in as much detail as you prefer. If the deceased is Jewish, Christian Orthodox, Muslim, or Roman Catholic, you may wish to consult clergy or our staff for guidance. For example, the Catholic Church strongly advocates the presence of the body - not the cremated remains - for the Mass of Christian Burial with cremation to take place later. The Catholic Church does not accept scattering. Our Cremation Authorization form goes into some detail in explaining the cremation process, our policies and procedures. 

Cremation Code of Ethics

It's important to know your rights and understand the cremation process. Please ask questions and find out about our commitment to providing the highest standard of care.

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