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Cremation Services

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Florida Cremation Services

In recent decades, cremation has become a popular alternative to traditional burial. According to the NFDA, since 2015 the rate of cremation has already surpassed burial and will continue to do so.

 

All County Funeral Home & Crematory has provided cremation services to friends and family throughout Palm Beach, FL for over 30 years. Our experienced staff is committed to providing memorial services that celebrate your loved one’s life. Whether you have an immediate cremation need or are interested in preplanning your own  final arrangements, we are here to help and guide you through the process and help you explore all possible options available.

 

 

What is Cremation?

Cremation is when the deceased’s body is placed in a cremation container and then incinerated, leaving ashes behind. The practice has evolved and become highly technical, being monitored throughout the whole process to make sure everything is working right, from the high temperatures to the time of the procedure. After it is complete, the family then receives their loved one’s ashes in an urn or container of choice and can decide whether they would like to bury, scatter, or keep them.

 

Why Choose Cremation?

Cremation services are diverse and offer several benefits for the family to choose the best option that fits their needs, likes, and budgets. Some of them include the lower costs, fewer impacts on the environment, the relation to various religious practices, and the flexibility for the family. See more benefits of this method:

 

  • Affordable: Although there are many options available when choosing cremation, this method can cost up to 50% less than a traditional burial. That is because there is no need for a casket, a cemetery property, or even a ceremony. Families only have to pay for the cremation itself and an urn, besides the additional funeral services.
  • Creative: There is no single answer to what to do with your loved one’s ashes. Because they won’t be placed in a cemetery, you can choose what is the best option for you and your family. The ashes can be kept in an urn, it can be scattered in a special place, or put in different memorial items. Creativity is a way of guaranteeing that the person will be honored and always remembered.
  • Simple and intimate: Cremation is a much more simple and intimate option since there is no need to arrange a traditional funeral service. Funeral rituals are usually complex and require several steps, such as a reception, a church mass, and the burial at the cemetery. All that needs to be coordinated in advance and it requires a lot of logistics in such a delicate moment. Cremation, on the other hand, offer easier and more personal ways of honoring the deceased, such as celebrations of life and memorial services.
  • Environmental conscious: If compared to traditional burial services, cremation is a good environmentally friendly alternative. Besides taking up space and causing a disturbance in the ecosystem, a buried body can release chemicals from the embalming fluid into the soil, and other toxins. Even though the cremation process is a source of carbon emissions, its final impact is much less harmful to the environment if compared to other traditional practices.
  • Time: When cremating a loved one the ashes will be with the family for as long as they want, so there is no urgency to do a ceremony. Often the family is caught by surprise and needs more time to process the grief before deciding what kind of service they would like. Cremation is a way to make sure you will have time to arrange something special.

 

Types of Cremation Services Offered

One common misconception is if you choose cremation, you cannot have
a visitation or funeral service. When you choose cremation, we encourage you to consider holding a memorial  service or visitation as well. We offer a variety of services options  including:

 

  • Direct cremation – If you are looking for an affordable cremation option, you may want to consider direct cremation. The body is cremated immediately after passing, which is what most people imagine when they think of cremation. Families may want this option if they are not ready to have a funeral service right away or if the deceased did not want the family to have a service at all.
  • Traditional funeral service followed by cremation - Many families choose to have a traditional casket viewing along with a funeral. After the service, the remains are cremated. It is your family’s decision as to the final resting place for the cremated remains. Typically, a funeral includes a visitation, funeral service, burial or cremation, and a post-funeral reception. However, these traditions may vary depending on your religious and personal beliefs, and you can customize your service to create a truly unique funeral experience. LINK
  • Cremation with a memorial service– A memorial service doesn’t include visits but it offers the family the opportunity to honor the deceased in a personalized way. You can use the memorial service as a time to share more memories of your loved one and to gather with friends and family. Our services can incorporate personal preferences into the service, including songs, photographs, religious rituals, or poetry. The
  • Catholic cremations. We also offer Catholic cremations that fit the recommendations of Catholic churches. We understand that funeral rites should be performed in the presence of the body and that the remains should not be scattered but treated respectfully through entombment or interment.

 

 

Cremation Personalization Ideas

Depending on your desired final disposition, there are several ways to personalize cremation services as a way of guaranteeing that your loved one will be honored and always remembered.

Some ideas include:

 

  • Have a graveside service before the burial of your loved one’s cremated remains. This way family and friends can pay their final respects. It’s a time to reflect on the deceased’s life. 
  • Hold a service for scattering your loved one’s ashes in a memorial garden or another meaningful location. Which places were special to your loved one? Where did they visit often? These might be good locations to scatter their ashes. 
  • Place the cremated remains in multiple urns so everyone can have their loved one’s final resting place close to them. This way each individual can choose whether they want to keep the ashes or scatter them somewhere special.

 

Choosing What to Do with the Ashes

When you choose cremation, you will have other decisions to make regarding what will be done with the ashes after the service. We offer many options including:

  • Scattering of ashes can be done in many different locations, including in a memorial garden, over water, or across any meaningful site. You may also choose to keep part of the ashes in an urn or for interment and scatter the rest. 
  • Interment means that you will entomb or bury your loved one’s cremated remains. There are several options for interment, including a family plot, memorial site, or in a variety of other locations. Our staff can help you choose a proper place for interment.
  • Placing ashes in an urn if you prefer to keep the ashes of your loved one with you wherever you choose. Keepsakes come in an almost unlimited variety of sizes and shapes, and are a great way to continue to cherish their memory for many years. Ashes can be stored in urns, jewelry, paperweights, lamps, and lockets. Photos can be placed in a photo frame urn. When you choose the right cremation keepsake, you will have a constant reminder that your loved one will always be nearby.

Cremation Pre-Planning Help

If you are interested in pre-planning your own cremation services, we can help. Having your end-of-life decisions made and paid for ahead of time is a great gift to your loved ones.

Pre-planning lets you decide how you would like to be remembered and takes a large burden off your family members. Our experienced staff will be happy to help guide you through the process.

 

Why Choose All County Funeral Home and Crematory?

When you choose a funeral home or a crematory, you deserve to be in the hands of people who are sensitive to your needs and are ready and able to answer any and all of your questions. As a family-owned business with more than 30 years of experience and a deep connection to this community, All County Funeral Home offers a combination of extensive experience, genuine compassion, and deep sensitivity.

 

When you choose cremation, keep in mind that we are one of the few funeral homes that also operates an on-site crematory. This not only allows us to provide affordable cremation services in the area but also allows for viewings and memorial services created to your specifications.

 

Contact us today to learn more about our cremation services and how we can help you prepare for the future starting today.

 

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Cremation Packages

 

If you want to arrange a direct cremation, you must use an alternative container. Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials. The minimum container is a corrugated cardboard box.

With alternative container provided by purchaser: $700
With alternative container provided by funeral home: $795
With casket provided by funeral home (plus casket): $795
Additional Charge for persons 300 lbs. to 500 lbs. $200
Additional Charge for persons 501 lbs. to 700 lbs. $300

Cremation of persons of 701 and over will be at our discretion.

 

 

Cremation FAQs

What is cremation?

What is cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone particles and ash through the application of direct flame and intense heat.

What are the legal requirements for cremation in Florida?

What are the legal requirements for cremation in Florida?

There are three basic legal requirements which must be met before a cremation can be performed in Florida. First, at least 48 hours must elapse between the time of death and the time of the cremation. Second, a legally authorized individual must give permission for the cremation in writing. Third, the District Medical Examiner must give approval for the cremation which requires a completed death certificate by a physician for their review.

How long does the cremation process take?

How long does the cremation process take?

It depends on the size of the individual and the type of cremation container. Typically, the process takes about 2 hours at a normal operating temperature of 1600 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

What happens following the cremation process?

What happens following the cremation process?

Following the actual cremation, all bone particles and other materials are retrieved from the cremation chamber by sweeping them into a stainless steel collection pan for cooling. Once cooled, all metal materials (metal casket parts, hip joints, & bridgework) are removed by both visual inspection and use of a strong magnet. The remaining bone particles and ash are then reduced into a small, consistent size and placed in the selected urn.

Can I have a service with cremation?

Can I have a service with cremation?

For those desiring cremation, you actually have more options and flexibility when it comes to service offerings. Everything is available from a traditional funeral ceremony followed by cremation and then burial, private family viewing to have closure, to a memorial service after the cremation has occurred. Furthermore, since we are not restricted by the operating hours of the cemetery, you have the flexibility to schedule your ceremonies for day or night.

Is embalming required?

Is embalming required?

No. Florida law does require that the body be embalmed or held in refrigeration following 24 hours after death. We provide on-site refrigeration in which the deceased may be held for the necessary waiting period. Embalming, however, is necessary when a cremation ceremony involves a public viewing. Families may choose to have a private family viewing within the first 48-hours after death with or without embalming.

Is a casket necessary for cremation?

Is a casket necessary for cremation?

Florida law does require that the body be held in a rigid, leak-proof container for dignified storage, transfer and handling. Today, we have a variety of cremation containers that are very economical and manufactured specifically for cremation.

Do I Need An Urn?

Do I Need An Urn?

If an urn is not purchased through us or included in a package, the family must provide a container suitable to accommodate the cremated remains of at least 200 cubic inches.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

What can be done with the cremated remains?

Your options are many. The cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery, placed in a columbarium niche, kept at home, scattered on private property or at least 3 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, placed in a necklace or have a diamond created. Our staff can assist you in exploring those options.

What do cremated remains look like?

What do cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse beach sand. They are typically light gray in color, but may be very dark depending on several factors. The cremated remains of an average size adult would weigh between 5-8 pounds and usually take up 200 cubic inches of volume or less. Except for some minuscule amount of cremated remains which cannot practically be removed from the cremation chamber, all remains are placed in the selected urn. If the amount of cremated remains cannot fit in the selected urn, then any excess remains would be returned in a temporary urn supplied by our crematory.

If I wish to be cremated, what options do I have?

If I wish to be cremated, what options do I have?

There are several choices available, and the following pages offer some options for you to consider. These options should be used as a guide to help you create a personal ceremony that best suits your individual and family needs. The decisions you make truly do depend on the manner in which you choose to recognize the life that has been lived. Cremation may actually present you with additional options in funeral planning. You can choose to have the casketed remains present for the ceremony or to have a memorial ceremony without the casket present. Some individuals may choose to have a viewing followed by a ceremony at a later date and others may wish to have a ceremony in conjunction with the scattering or placement of the cremated remains. The combination of options are limited only to your wishes and the personal needs of your family members.

Do all religions permit cremation?

Do all religions permit cremation?

Religious positions vary widely regarding cremation. Some require it, others disallow or advise against it, and others take no position at all. Most, however, will allow you to decide. If you are uncertain as to the position your religion embraces, speak directly with your clergy.

Is a Funeral Director Necessary?

Is a Funeral Director Necessary?

Yes. Florida law does require a Funeral Director if you are going to have any type of ceremony, view the body and for disposition of the remains by cremation or burial. Cremation Societies/Direct Disposition facilities are not allowed to assist families with ceremonies or viewing the deceased. Funeral directors are caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of the deceased human remains, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the service and final disposition of the deceased human remains. Funeral directors also link survivors with support groups at the funeral home or in the community.

 

 

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All County Funeral Home & Crematory  Del Lago Chapel  Treasure Coast Chapel  Pre-Arrangement Center
1107 Lake Ave, Lake Worth, FL   131 S. Lakeside Dr., Lake Worth, FL   1010 NW Federal HWY, Stuart, FL   947 17th St, Vero Beach, FL
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