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.

How long does the cremation process take?

It depends on the size of the individual and the type of cremation container or casket. Typically, the process takes 2 to 3 hours at a normal operating temperature of 1600 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

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. Our staff can assist you in exploring those options.

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 for their review.

Can I be cremated if I am Catholic?

Prohibited prior to the Second Vatican, the Catholic Church has permitted cremation as a means of disposition, though not the preferred method. Our St. Augustine Diocese now permits the cremated remains to be taken to the church for the memorial mass. We would be glad to provide you with a copy of the Diocese’s guidelines for cremation.

Can We Witness the Cremation?

Definitely. Our Cremation Tribute Center was built so that the initiation of the cremation process could be witnessed whether for religious, peace of mind, or other reasons the family can even start the cremation equipment if such participation is preferred for religious reasons.

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 caskets and containers that are very economical and manufactured specifically for cremation.

Is embalming required?

No. Florida law does require that the body be embalmed or held in refrigeration following 24 hours after death. We do require embalming if you elect to have a public ceremony with an open casket.

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 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.

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.