Cremation society

of central california

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes, for a nominal fee. Our state-of-the-art cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.  Our crematory is available for inspection by family members.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

We have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment.

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned to the family in a temporary container.

Is a casket needed for cremation?

No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required is a rigid container which is cremated with the body. This container is required because it provides safety for the crematory operator, and most importantly, dignity for the deceased.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

Embalming is not required.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?


Yes, immediate family members may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation in our private viewing room. In interest of full disclosure while minimizing movement of the deceased, the identification occurs in the container that will shelter the deceased prior to cremation and will later be consumed in the cremation process.

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