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FAQs

In our FAQs section, we have provided answers to some of our most commonly asked questions pertaining to our services. If you have any additional questions or concerns that are not covered below, please contact us. We want your experience working with us to be a positive one.

 


 

What is cremation?

What is cremation?

Briefly, cremation is a process of reducing the human body to bone fragments and powdered ash using intense heat and flame. After the cremation, bone fragments are mechanically processed until they have the consistency of coarse sand or gravel. Direct cremation is a term used when the family decides to have no type of ceremony or remembrance service.

What are the legal requirements for cremation?

What are the legal requirements for cremation?

There are three documents needed to legally complete a cremation. First, a death certificate is completed by the Metro Detroit Cremation staff and appropriate doctor, and then filed with the city or county clerk where the death occurred. Second, the cremation permit is acquired by our staff from the county Medical Examiner by providing their office a completed copy of the death certificate. Last, written permission is required from the majority of the deceased’s next-of-kin. This is granted by completing the Cremation Authorization form.

Who can authorize a cremation?

Who can authorize a cremation?

The next-of-kin authorizes a cremation. Generally, the closest next-of-kin is the surviving person or persons listed as follows: (1) Funeral Representative (if applicable); (2) Spouse; (3) Adult Children; (4) Adult Grandchildren; (5) Parents; (6) Grandparents; (7) Brothers and Sisters; (8) Any Nephew or Niece (if he/she first notifies funeral director; (9) Any Uncle, Aunt or Cousin (if he/she first notifies funeral director); (10) Guardian; (11) Personal Representative.

Can I see my loved one before the cremation?

Can I see my loved one before the cremation?

The Metro Detroit Cremation program does NOT include an opportunity for family to see their loved one before the cremation. A positive identification can be completed through a photograph, if requested. Rest assured that every effort is made in conjunction with the appropriate hospital, health care facility, hospice, and/or police department that a positive identification is confirmed. If the family would like to see their loved one, known as a Private Family Farewell, they may choose a cremation from A.J. Desmond & Sons.

Is embalming required before cremation?

Is embalming required before cremation?

Except in very rare cases required by law, no. Metro Detroit Cremation does not include embalming.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Can the family witness the cremation?

We are not able to offer this through MetroDetroitCremation.com. If witnessing the cremation is important to you, we recommend A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors Cremation Services.

What happens to the cremated remains?

What happens to the cremated remains?

The cremated remains are placed in a basic container and returned to the family. The family may choose to place in remains in an urn.

What do I do with cremated remains?

What do I do with cremated remains?

There are many options for the final disposition of cremated remains, and urns are specifically designed for what a family chooses to do. Many families choose to bury the urn in a grave, or place it in a niche within a columbarium at a cemetery or church. Some families choose to keep the urn at home, while others want to scatter the cremated remains in a meaningful place. Some people also find comfort in keeping a small portion of the cremated remains close to them, and there are keepsake urns and mementos designed for this.

Is an urn needed?

Is an urn needed?

No. If there is to be a memorial service, an urn may be required. If an urn is to be placed in a columbarium or buried at a cemetery, there may be some requirements. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary container.

Can an urn be brought into a church?

Can an urn be brought into a church?

Though many religions allow for the urn to be present during the service, it is advised that you consult with your individual pastor.

What is MetroDetroitCremation.com?

What is MetroDetroitCremation.com?

Metro Detroit Cremation is a self-directed service we offer online. This program is specifically designed for those who want only the minimal services necessary for a cremation, and are comfortable sharing required information online. The online cremation service does not include meeting with a funeral director, a private family farewell, any death notice and obituary assistance, Veterans services, nor can the cremation be expedited. If there is need or interest for such services, please consider the cremation services offered by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors.

What is the difference between Metro Detroit Cremation and A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors Cremation Services?

What is the difference between Metro Detroit Cremation and A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors Cremation Services?

Metro Detroit Cremation is self-directed; which allows you to arrange for the direct cremation of your loved one from the comfort of your home while keeping the cost as low as possible. Services received through online cremation are only the minimal necessary for a direct cremation.

Cremation services by A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors are more comprehensive, flexible and supportive than the Metro Detroit Cremation service. For those wanting more than the minimum services, A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors cremation should be considered. The additional services available include a personal consultation with a licensed funeral director; private family farewell; preparing and submitting newspaper notices and preparing a website obituary; expedited cremation; witness of transfer to the crematory; an upgraded cremation container; expedited filing of death certificates; delivery of urn and supplies to the family, assistance with Veterans services. Numerous remembrance service options are also available.

Why should I choose Metro Detroit Cremation rather than another low cost provider?

Why should I choose Metro Detroit Cremation rather than another low cost provider?

Simply, we are the area’s foremost cremation experts, and the cost of the Metro Detroit Cremation service offers the best possible value for the money that will be spent.

Know we always follow our Peace of Mind Cremation. That means we provide the highest professional care and concern for the deceased at both the funeral home and crematory. We also have a convenient location to pick up cremated remains. We also offer indefinite online death notice and guestbook. Cremation Comparison Chart

Does Metro Detroit Cremation have its own crematory?

Does Metro Detroit Cremation have its own crematory?

No. In Michigan as consumer protections (1) a funeral home is responsible for making the transfer from the place of death and filing the death certificate and (2) a crematory and a funeral home cannot be owned by the same business. To ensure the highest quality of service to the families we serve, Metro Detroit Cremation uses one crematory. A.J. Desmond & Sons has worked closely with this crematory for many years. Metro Detroit Cremation has used this crematory exclusively. With a highly professional staff and the finest facilities, they operate with rigorous procedures and the highest ethical standards. We always accompany the deceased to the crematory, and are fully aware of their entire process.

Why do I need a death certificate? How many will I need?

Why do I need a death certificate? How many will I need?

Certified death certificates are issued by the city or county clerk where the death occurred, and are necessary for legal transactions, such as transferring funds in the deceased’s bank account or selling real estate that the deceased has a title to. The number of certified death certificates needed depends on the deceased’s circumstances. Typically, a certified copy is needed for bank accounts, insurance policies, investment accounts, pensions, as well as real estate, automobiles, boats, etc. All city or county clerks charge for each certified copy, and we will obtain the number of copies requested at the time of filing the original. We only charge you the amount the city/county clerk charges. You may also obtain additional copies from the appropriate clerk at any time in the future.


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