Arranging Cremation Services

By: Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation
Monday, August 26, 2019

Cremations are a popular choice for final body disposition. But how do you go about arranging cremation services? No matter if you’re preplanning for your own cremation, or planning for a loved one’s recent death, it’s helpful to know what steps you need to take to arrange cremation services in Sterling, IL.  

1. Choose Which Cremation Services You Want- There are a few different types of cremations, and the first step is to choose which one you want. The two main types of cremation you can choose from are traditional cremation and direct cremation. Traditional cremation involves a funeral before the cremation. The body is embalmed and put in a casket for a funeral service, then cremated afterward. Direct cremation happens before any type of service, so the body is not embalmed or put in a casket.  

2. Obtain a Death Certificate - You will have to furnish a death certificate in order for a facility to process the body. If you don’t already have one, some funeral homes and crematories may help you get one for an extra charge. Be sure to get extra copies, as you will need a death certificate copy for many stops along the way. If you need copies after you’ve already submitted the original, contact your local county records office.  

3. Complete the Cremation Authorization Forms- Before any body can be cremated it needs to be held and examined by the county coroner or medical examiner. The examiner must fill out and sign a cremation authorization form showing information including:  

  • Date of birth 
  • Pacemakers or other implants 
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Time, place and cause of death  

 Many cremation authorization forms also include fingerprints or other body identifiers.  

4. Arrange Body Transportation - Most funeral homes and crematories provide transportation for the body from the place of death, medical office or storage to the crematorium. In some cases, the family must arrange separate transportation.  

5. Choose and Purchase a Cremation Casket - Even if you choose a direct cremation, you will still need a cremation casket for the body to be cremated in. Some facilities provide a cremation casket free of charge, but you may purchase one if you wish. 

6. Determine Post Cremation Plans- The cremated remains will be returned to you after the cremation, and you must make plans for what to do with them. Some common options are scattering, burying or interring, displaying or storing the remains. Scattering is very common, and is when loved ones, friends or family scatter the remains in a special place, or even into water. Be sure to check for local laws about scattering and get any necessary permits. Others choose to bury or inter the remains in the ground, a mausoleum, or a columbarium. You can also display the remains in an urn at home or some other special location.  

If you want more help planning Sterling, IL cremation services, please contact Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation. You can visit us at 702 1st Ave Sterling, IL 61081, or give us a call at (815) 626-1131 today.  

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