About Cremation

For the first time in history, cremation is now being chosen by a majority of people across the country. Regardless of why your loved one wanted to be cremated after their passing, it is really just a step in the memorialization process.


At Simple Choices​, cremation offers just as many – if not more – options for friends and family to honor and celebrate their loved one’s life.


As with a traditional casket burial, you can hold a visitation to say your last goodbyes. You can even observe the cremation process if you wish. After cremation has taken place, you can still hold a life celebration allowing you and others to honor a life well lived. The need for this type of service is not diminished by the decision to be cremated and allows you so many more options as to when, where, and how memorialization takes place.


What is Cremation?

Cremation is the combustion and oxidation of a deceased individual into a fine ash. Cremated remains are typically buried in a cemetery (either in a plot in the ground or interred in a mausoleum or columbarium niche), kept in an urn by family members, or scattered on land or water. There are also a variety of unconventional ways one may “scatter” cremated remains, such as turn them into jewelry, incorporate them into an artificial underwater reef, make them into fireworks, or shoot them into space, among other options.


The Cremation Process


Where do I begin?

If your loved one has passed away, please let us know as soon as possible by calling us at (518) 435-8030. A Simple Choices advisor is available around the clock to assist you.


What happens next?

After your initial contact with us, we will make all the arrangements for your loved one to be promptly and respectfully taken into our care.


How long does it take?

Cremation generally occurs within 3 business days after all documents (death certificate and disposition permit) are received. These time frames may vary based on the doctor’s availability, whether an autopsy is necessary and many other factors, however your Funeral Director will be in touch with you throughout the process to keep you informed.


How are the cremated remains returned?

Once cremation is complete, your loved one’s remains will be placed into the special urn you have chosen and you will be contacted to arrange pick up at our location, we may also be able to personally deliver the cremains or we can arrange shipping to another city or state.


How do I know I'm getting the right cremated remains?

We take special precautions to safeguard the identity your loved one the moment he or she is taken into our care. The decedent is place in a sanitary vinyl enclosure (a pouch) and their name is clearly labeled on this pouch. Once they are placed into a cremation container they are assigned an identification number that follows them throughout the process.

We only work with certified cremation technicians who are responsible for reviewing all cremation paperwork, permits and IDs, and who sign their approval prior to cremation. Your loved one’s identification number placed outside the cremation chamber during the cremation process for further positive ID.

Simple Choices’ and the crematorium’s identification system provides family members with the peace of mind that we will return your loved one’s remains safely back to you.


Can a family witness the cremation?

Yes, families may be present at the cremation. If you choose this option, we will just need to be notified in advance to arrange this accommodation with the crematory. There is a modest fee for this service and it will be clearly listed on our firm’s General Price List.


Ceremonial Caskets

More families are considering the use of ceremonial (or simply rental) caskets for final goodbyes before cremation. A ceremonial casket is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing a traditional casket for a public viewing and visitation for family members and friends. This casket is made with an inner carboard container adored with fabric to hold the body, with the outer container designed to look like a traditional casket. Your family and friends will never know the difference.


Memorialization

Memorializing a loved one after cremation can take many forms from keeping the urn at home to scattering the ashes in a meaningful location to placing them in a cemetery. If you choose a permanent resting place in a cemetery, you have several options to choose from including ground burial, cremation gardens, memorial benches, glass front niches in mausoleums, and many more. Selecting a permanent memorial provides a place for family and friends to gather and remember a life well lived.


Whether your loved one chose to be cremated and buried, or wished to be scattered in a meaningful place, we offer full cremation services to help you remember, appreciate, and celebrate a beautiful life.


For answers to your immediate questions, contact us today at

 (518) 435-8030.