Cremation Services. Dignity and Value.
Why choose cremation? For many, the ceremony options are desirable. For some, it is a religious or family tradition. For others, cremation seems more practical. Reasons for choosing cremation vary, but choosing A.J. Desmond & Sons always means you will have numerous options and all of the details will be taken and done your way.
Our compassionate and comprehensive cremation services offer you affordable and distinctive choices to honor your loved one as you desire. We believe it is essential for you to fully understand your choices before making decisions about cremation. We invite you to look through the information here and always welcome the opportunity to further talk with you. Please contact us as you need more information.
What is Cremation?
It is important to know what cremation is not. Cremation is not a type of ceremony. There can be a funeral service and then cremation, or cremation can occur and then be followed by a memorial service. Cremation is not a replacement for burial. In fact, many families bury cremated remains.
Cremation is one way in which the body is handled after death in preparation for permanent memorialization. Cremation is a process that uses intense heat to reduce the human body eventually into a fine powder that is then placed in a temporary container or an urn. The cremated remains are returned to the family. To learn more, visit COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT CREMATION.
Cremation at A.J Desmond & Sons
Most importantly, we offer you peace of mind. First, with us you know that the deceased is cared for with the utmost dignity and respect. Second, we attend to all the details surrounding a death and cremation in the timeliest manner. Third, we take care of you and your family, as you choose. For more information, please visit PEACE-OF-MIND CREMATION.
Also importantly, we believe that it is essential to say good-bye. After working with families for generations, we believe strongly that ceremony and memorialization are vital to grief recovery. We offer numerous ceremony options, working with each family to arrange what you want so it is meaningful and beneficial.
A caring and responsive staff is always ready to work with you. After you select what you want, we take care of everything. Basic services include the local transfer to the funeral home, shelter of the deceased for up to 48 hours, basic preparation of the deceased for cremation, a private and limited family farewell, basic professional services of staff, timely completion and filing of paperwork, and local transfer to the crematory. Please visit COMPREHENSIVE CREMATION SERVICES for more details.
Remembrance Service Options
Cremation remembrance service are flexible to address particular family preferences. For a full explanation, visit CEREMONIES OVERVIEW.
At a funeral service the deceased is present in a casket. After the funeral service, the deceased is taken to the crematory. To learn more, visit FUNERAL SERVICES and CREMATION MERCHANDISE.
A memorial service is similar to a funeral service, except that the deceased is not present in a casket. Typically, a cremation has already taken place and the urn is present at the service. Please visit MEMORIAL SERVICES for more information.
For those wanting limited or no ceremony, we offer private time. Many families have a private family farewell. Some also choose to accompany the deceased to the crematory. Other families choose to have a memorial service at a later date. Please contact us or visit SIMPLE SERVICES for more information.
Military honors are available for qualified veterans and are often part of the remembrance services. If interested and qualified, we will arrange these for you. Please visit VETERANS SERVICES AND BENEFITS or call us for more information.
To support and personalize the services you choose, we offer a wide selection of cremation caskets, urns, and keepsakes. For more information and ideas, visit CREMATION MERCHANDISE and PERSONALIZING SERVICES or call us.
What Happens to the Cremated Remains?
After the cremation, the family may choose to place the cremated remains in a columbarium, bury them in a cemetery, or scatter or set them in a meaningful place. Some families choose an urn that may be placed in a garden. Some families return cremated remains to their home country for burial or scattering. Others place a small amount of cremated remains in special jewelry as personal keepsakes. for more ideas, ask us or visit KEEPSAKES and CREMATION MERCHANDISE.
Cremation in Michigan
In Michigan a funeral director must sign a death certificate and complete the cremation permit, but a funeral home cannot own or operate a crematory. Therefore, a funeral home makes the initial transfer of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home, completes and files the death certificate and cremation permit, and then transfers the deceased to the crematory.
To ensure the highest quality of service to the families we serve, we use only two area crematories. Each has a highly professional staff and the finest facilities, and operates with rigorous procedures and the highest ethical standards. We always accompany the deceased to the crematory and, if you wish, you may also. To learn more, visit PEACE-OF-MIND CREMATION.