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Cremation Plans

Our Clay County Funeral Home believes that when considering cremation, it is important that you are aware of the many options available to you beyond Direct Cremation (no services or ceremonies).  Your choice of cremation does not limit your choices.  Cremation replaces ground burial — not the funeral.

Before cremation you can have a period of family or public viewing/visitation and a funeral service.  After cremation you can have a memorial service at the graveside, in the funeral home, or a location of your choice.

Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation. No casket is legally required for cremation, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard. You may rent a casket to use if viewing/visitation is to take place before the funeral.

After the body is cremated …

  1. The remains can be stored by the family and perhaps kept on display in an urn or other container.
  2. You may take the remains in the simple plastic box supplied by the crematory and distribute (“scatter”) them over the land or water.
  3. The remains can be placed in a niche or a crypt within a columbarium.
  4. The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation

  • Will there be viewing, visitation, and/or funeral services before cremation
  • What urn to use to contain the ashes
  • Will there be a memorial service following cremation
  • What to do with the cremated remains

Traditional Funeral Followed by Cremation - $6,400

Funeral service in a church, our chapel or venue of your choice, same day visitation (additional day of visitation add $350), transportation from place of death, professional services of funeral director and staff, filing necessary permits and documents, ceremonial casket, crematory fee, guest register book, memorial folders and thank you cards.

Cremation with Memorial Service - $3,355

Cremation with a memorial service in a church, our chapel or venue of your choice, transportation from place of death, professional services of funeral director and staff, filing necessary permits and documents, cremation container, crematory fee, guest register book, memorial folders and thank you cards.

Nationwide Cremation Guarantee - $2,995

Our charges for cremation anywhere in the U.S. without ceremony include transportation from place of  death, professional services of funeral director and staff, cremation container, cremation fee, filing of death certificate and shipping of cremated remains anywhere in the U.S. regardless if you are traveling, have two homes, or relocate.

Simple Cremation - $2,710

Our charges for cremation without ceremony include transportation from place of death, basic services of funeral director and staff, cremation container, crematory fee and filing necessary permits and documents.


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