What is cremation?

Cremation means the technical process, using heat and flame that reduces the human remains to bone fragments and other residue. Cremation includes the processing, and may include pulverization, of such bone fragments and other residue so no fragment can be identified as skeletal tissue.

Does Loving Care Cremations take credit cards?

Yes, we take all forms of payment.

How long does the cremation process take?

On average our directors can fulfill the family's wishes with around a 3-4 day turn around. There are a lot of logistics involved with cremation and, because cremation has much to do with third parties, there are exceptions to the average. The actual cremation process, once the body is placed in the retort takes around 4 hours to complete. It is not unusual if the process takes up to 5-10 days.

Will Loving Care Cremations assist and plan a Memorial Service?

Yes, we are experience and caring professionals of any funeral home in the area

How does the Online Arrangement form work?

The information that a family enters into our Arrangement planning application is usually information that a traditional funeral director would gather during the first arrangement conference. Because of our streamlined and efficient information gathering, we can usually eliminate the first arrangement conference. Our goal is to make the decision-making as simple as possible.

Is a Funeral Director necessary?

Yes, a North Carolina licensed, and registered funeral director affiliated with a North Carolina registered funeral firm makes the funeral arrangements, supervises the removal of remains from the place of death, files the death certificate with the proper authority, obtains the cremation permit, obtains the authorization for cremation and supervises the transportation of remains to the crematory.

Do we have to meet at the Loving Care Cremations?

No, our funeral directors will travel to the home, or meet in a mutual location if the family does not wish to go to our office. Under normal circumstances, if the family is with the body of the deceased during the removal, our funeral directors can confirm identity and sign the necessary cremation authorizations.

What happens to medical implants?

If remains contain a pacemaker or other medical or radioactive implant the person in control of the remains must make arrangements to have those items removed before the remains are delivered to a crematory. The crematory will require a signed statement that the remains do not contain such implants and may refuse to cremate remains if the statement is not provided. If these medical implants are not removed, they can cause environmental harm and can harm the crematory and crematory personnel.

Can keepsakes be put in the casket to be cremated with the decedent?

No, personal items may not be placed with the remains. Crematories are only permitted to cremate human remains and are not permitted to incinerate foreign material.

What do the ‘Ashes’ look like?

Cremated remains don’t really look like ashes. After the body is cremated, what is usually left are bone fragments, the remains of the container which held the human remains and the residue of any materials or foreign matter that may have been cremated with the human remains. Metallic material is removed and the cremated remains are then pulverized until no fragment can be identified as skeletal remains. The final remains are typically granular and grayish-white in color.

Is Embalming Necessary?

No, embalming is not required by North Carolina State Law; however, depending on the type of memorial service chosen, the individual funeral firm may require it.

Is a Casket Necessary?

No, there is no requirement that a casket be used, however remains must be obscured from public view while transported.

What options are available if I choose cremation?

You can choose direct cremation which means that there would be no viewing of the body and no embalming or other preparation of the remains. You could still have a memorial service at your place of choosing, some crematories have a room available for memorial services.

If you do not choose direct cremation, the body would be prepared as it would be for any funeral service. You may request that the body be displayed in a ceremonial casket which usually can be rented. After the memorial service is completed, the remains would be moved to a container suitable for cremation.

What are the cremated remains put in after cremation?

The cremated remains are placed in a temporary container after cremation. Typically the crematory will put the remains in a heavy duty plastic bag which is then put into a rigid cardboard container. In most cases the cremated remains are delivered in one sealed and labeled container along with a cremation certificate which provides the name of the decedent, date of cremation and the place of cremation.

Do I need to purchase another Urn?

No, however, you may desire to purchase a formal container for display or interment. There are many types available ranging from keepsakes to companion urns. They come in many shapes and sizes and can be made from many different materials such as bronze, marble, concrete, wood, or glass.

What do I do with the cremated remains after I receive them back from the crematory?

Final arrangements for cremated remains may take many forms. One option is burial of the cremated remains in a cemetery. Another option is placing the remains in an above ground niche or columbarium. The niches usually have a solid or glass front on which the name and dates of birth and death may be engraved. Some cemeteries also have a scattering area for cremated remains. If a cemetery will be used for permanent disposition, you should first consult the cemetery’s Rules and Regulations to see what is or is not permitted.

Another alternative is to keep the remains at home. In this case, the person keeping the remains should plan for where the remains will go after he or she dies.

A third alternative is to scatter the remains at sea or on private grounds with the permission of the landowner. Scattering on public land may be prohibited or may be allowed only by written permit. You must check with the appropriate authority before scattering cremated remains.

I already have a grave at the cemetery, how many cremations are allowed in a grave?

Before purchasing an urn, companion urn or memorial it is most important to contact the individual cemetery to avoid disappointment and confusion. Each cemetery has its own rules and regulations regarding how many interments are allowed in a grave or lot and how a burial may be memorialized. You should contact the cemetery directly to discuss the options that are available. You should also inquire about the fees charged by a cemetery for interment of and memorialization of cremated remains. Many cemeteries need to know at the time the lot is purchased whether cremation interments are anticipated.