Cremation Services

Cremation is an alternative to a casket burial and chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or personal request by the person who died. The decision does not limit the way you can honor your loved one’s life.  In fact, we heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service to help the healing process.

Planning a special funeral, memorial, or life celebration for a loved one is easier with the support of a personal planning professional. Your Reuland and Turnbough specialist will help you design a personalized and unique experience that will leave an unforgettable mark on the hearts of family and friends.  We guide you through the process and coordinate every aspect of the funeral, burials, and reception (dining, catering, flowers, musicians etc.).  The options are limited to only your imagination.  

Cremation only refers to the way you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical body.  The Cremation Association of North America describes cremation as, “The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments”.  You may choose to have a traditional retort cremation or a flameless water alkaline method of disposition.  Some states are now even offering Open Air cremation methods. 

Cremated remains can be scattered, buried, or may be kept with family in a decorative urn.  There are many new and different way to dispose of ashes, cremated remains can be placed in a bio-degradable floating urn to float in the ocean, can be spun into glass pieces of art or jewelry, handcrafted into palm stones to be always kept close to you or even launched into space.  You may choose to keep a small amount of remains to comfort you and placed into small decorative urn or piece of jewelry.  

Cremation Disposition Options

  • Decorative Urn  
  • Scattering Tube Urn
  • Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Floating Urn
  • The Living Urn
  • Parting Stone Solid Form
  • Jewelry 
  • Decorative Glass Art

** The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 7-8 pounds.

Interested in learning more about Cremation?
Learn more with our Cremation FAQs.

FAQ’s About Cremation

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required, most states require an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard, however, in some states no container is required.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No.  In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, most crematories allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber.  Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

Can an urn be brought into church?

Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service.  Most Catholic Churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass.  It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral as it provides a focal point for the service.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary state by state, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error.  Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It all depends on the weight of the individual.  For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color.  The remains of an average sized adult usually weighs between 7 and 8 pounds.