When families select cremation for their loved one there are several options that are available. Probably the first and most important decision is whether to have the body present for calling hours and funeral services or to have the cremation occur first and then have the cremated remains available for calling hours and memorial services. Once this is determined, then other selections will follow, such as the choice of a casket, urn or possibly both, when and where will the services occur, do I need photos, clothing or a cemetery plot. We will help you through the process of making these selections, in a manner that respects your wishes.
When having the body present for public calling hours and/or funeral services with an open casket, the person would need to be embalmed. With proper embalming, the appearance of the deceased would be enhanced through proper distribution of the embalming fluid, slight restorative art and the application of cosmetics. Usually the result from the time of death to the point of which the funeral director's work is complete is a complete transformation with has positive results. Our goal is to present a peaceful, natural appearance of the deceased. By doing so, this would allow family and friends to pay their final respects to the deceased prior to the cremation. A casket would need to be purchased or rented for the services.
If you choose not to have the body present for the calling hours and/or the funeral services, we can accomplish this as well. An urn would be placed in the center of the chapel instead of the casket. We do offer families an opportunity to spend with their loved one with a private viewing before the cremation. We at Brown Funeral Home believe that an integral part of the grieving process begins with the viewing of the deceased. While this may be difficult and is a personal choice, we will use our years of experience to provide a peaceful moment for family members to say "goodbye" in the comfort of our facility.
With your permission, this service includes the following:
- Bathing and Topical disinfection
- Dressing your loved one
- Closing of the eyes and mouth to present a peaceful appearance
- Combing of the hair
- Gently placing your loved on in the cremation container of your choice
- 30 minute visitation for family in our chapel
If you choose to utilize the private viewing, please keep in mind the following:
- Your loved one is not embalmed and this is a private event
- Articles of clothing used to dress your loved one will not be returned
- The private viewing ensures that the proper person is being cremated
- The private viewing isn't meant to take the place of formal calling hours and funeral services. It is a service we offer to families for a chance to say "goodbye" when memorial services are selected without the body present.
In certain circumstances, due to the condition of the deceased, this service is not available.
Cremation Care Plans
Full Service Cremation $4,755
Includes local transfer to the funeral home, embalming, dressing & casketing, cosmetology, complete funeral arrangements, supervision for one hour of visitation, supervision for the funeral service, use of the funeral home for one hour of visitation, use of the funeral home for the funeral service, use of our rental casket with cremation insert and hearse for transfer to the crematorium.
Cremation with a Memorial Service $2,820
Includes local transfer to the funeral home, complete funeral arrangements, an alternative container, transfer to the crematorium, supervision for the memorial service and use of the funeral home for the memorial service.
Cremation with Visitation & Memorial Service $2,795
Includes local transfer to the funeral home, complete funeral arrangements, an alternative container, transfer to the crematorium, supervision for one hour of visitation, supervision for the memorial service, use of the funeral home for one hour of visitation and use of the funeral home for the memorial service.
Immediate Cremation Care Plan 2 $2,195
This is our most popular Cremation Care Plan and includes local transfer to the funeral home, complete funeral arrangements, an alternative container and transfer to the crematorium.
Immediate Cremation Care Plan 1 $1,850
This plan includes complete funeral arrangements, an alternative container and transfer of the deceased from the place of death (hospital or medical examiner’s office) directly to the crematorium.
Basic Direct Cremation Care Plan 3 (with transfer to the funeral home) $1,695
This plan includes minimal funeral arrangements to complete and file the death certificate, complete the cremation authorization, notification to the Social Security Administration, ordering certified copies of the death certificates through the mail, an alternative container, transfer from the place of death (private residence or nursing home) to the funeral home, transfer from the funeral home to the crematory.
Basic Direct Cremation Care Plan 2 $1,350
This plan includes minimal funeral arrangements to complete and file the death certificate, complete the cremation authorization, notification to the Social Security Administration, ordering certified copies of the death certificates through the mail, an alternative container and transfer from the place of death (hospital or medical examiner’s office) directly to the crematory.
Basic Direct Cremation Care Plan 1 $1,270
This Cremation Care Plan needs to be listed due to FTC requirements and would require the purchaser to supply their own alternative container (which is not common practice). This plan includes minimal funeral arrangements to complete and file the death certificate, ordering certified copies of the death certificates through the mail, complete the cremation authorization and to notify the Social Security Administration. This plan also includes transfer from the place of death (hospital or medical examiner’s office) directly to the crematory.
With more families choosing cremation for various reasons, we decided to offer different cremation care plans rather than a “one price fits all” approach. With these different plans, you are charged only for the services you select.
Our Basic Direct Cremation Care Plans offer a minimal amount of professional services needed to properly complete the cremation. These selections only include meeting with the family to complete and file the death certificate/cremation permit, ordering death certificates through the mail, completing the Cremation Authorization and notification of the death to the Social Security Administration. Transfer from the place of death directly to the crematorium or transfer from the place of death to the funeral home then to the crematorium. This fee includes the funeral home staff receiving the cremated remains from the crematorium and may or may not include an alternative container.
When selecting a Basic Direct Cremation Care Plan, we do not assist with obituaries or placing obituaries on the funeral home website, scheduling services, funeral home staff picking up death certificates in person or completing any necessary paperwork for the Veterans Administration or insurance claims. Basic Direct Cremation Plans are available for those who truly want the simplest cost-effective form of disposition.
With an Immediate Cremation or a Cremation with Services you receive complete funeral arrangements which include but are not limited to writing an obituary and sending it to local newspapers & the funeral home website which offers emailed condolences, photos of floral arrangements and the ability to play video tributes, picking up death certificates in person within the local area, complete assistance with Veterans Affairs benefits & honors, assistance with insurance claims, scheduling of services, church’s, ministers, musicians, fraternal organizations and cemeteries.
All of our cremation services utilize a Universal Identification System. This is a metal band placed around the ankle of the decedent and can not be removed until the cremation process is complete. These metal bands are individually numbered and we document the number before transporting the person to the crematory. After the cremation, we verify the number to ensure that we have the proper cremated remains and provide the family with a copy of the document.
Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died. Cremation is also a less expensive option in comparison to a burial and is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.
Some religions welcome cremation while others forbid it. The Catholic Church had banned cremation up until 1963, while they prefer the body to be present for the Mass of Christian Burial, they will allow cremated remains. The Catholic Church also prefer's the cremated remains to be buried in a cemetery. In other Christian denominations cremation was historically discouraged but nowadays it is more widely accepted. In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, while in Islam it is strictly forbidden. Orthodox Jews also forbid cremation; other sects of Judaism support cremation, but burial remains the preferred option.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.
Is a casket needed for Cremation?
No, a casket is not required for an immediate cremation. New York State requires an alternative container constructed of wood and/or cardboard to be used.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
No. In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.
Can I have calling hours and funeral services with an open casket and then have the person cremated?
Yes you can. The deceased can be embalmed, dressed, placed in a casket and cosmetized for calling hours and funeral services. This allows for family and friends to pay their respects and have one last chance to see their loved one before the cremation.
Would a casket need to be purchased or could one be rented for the calling hours and funeral services?
At Brown Funeral Home we offer both. Most families choose to rent a casket when there are calling hours and funeral services with cremation to follow. Our charge for the rental casket is $895 and includes the cremation insert.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, we will allow for a private family only viewing of the deceased prior to cremation.
Can an urn be brought into church?
Nearly all 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 cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium or kept at home.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
As listed above, we use a Universal Identification System to properly track and record that we have received the proper cremated remains. Most funeral homes do not have a system for this and strictly rely on the crematorium tracking disk. While we trust the crematoriums that we work with, there is always room for human error and we want to eliminate that risk.
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.
Are all the cremated remains returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.
Do I need an urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container. We offer an on-site selection of urns that are constructed of wood, metal, marble and hand crafted ceramic. Most of our urns can be personalized with engraving.
At Brown Funeral Home we offer Legacy Touch Keepsakes. With your permission, we can scan your loved ones fingerprints, give you a I.D. number and you can go online to www.LTkeepsakes.com and view jewelry with your loved ones name, date of birth, date of death and their fingerprint to be engraved. You can make the purchase in the convenience of your own home and for $10 per item it can be delivered the next day. These one of a kind, personalized keepsakes can be ordered at any time and make great gifts that would be treasured for years.