Cremation Services

It should be noted that Thomas F. Flynn, Jr., has embraced cremation and in 1988 founded Oxford Hills Crematory, Inc.,  in Chester, New York whereby we control every single aspect of the cremation process and service for families that have retained our services.  We are the only such facility in the Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Dutchess, Westchester and New York City area to do so.

For many years people have preferred the simplicity and dignity of cremation. Arrangements can be made in your home or office, or even over the Internet! Because we control every aspect and step of the cremation process, you will find our services flexible and affordable. As specialists in cremation, we can assist you and your family with any additional arrangement such as a memorial service in a church, or any other appropriate facility. Memorial services before cremation can have the body present, or the service may occur following the cremation with the cremated remains present.

We offer several dignified cremation options to satisfy each family. Some of the options available are:

Chapel Service
With the help of our professional staff, you can plan a contemporary or traditional service at either of Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers Inc.’s lovely chapels.  Our Chapels have the latest advancement in Live Broadcasting, so those that are not able to attend the service due to health concerns, travel restrictions or other reasons, still have the ability to watch the services live.

Church Service
Our staff will help plan a personalized service at the church of your choice. Photographs and personal mementos help to make the service more special.

Graveside Service
You may also choose to have a small gathering as the cremated remains are interred. A licensed funeral director can discuss details of this option with you on an individual basis.

Memorial Service
With the help of a licensed funeral director you will be able to plan a memorial service that will honor your personal needs. At the Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers Inc. you will find a wide variety of cremation merchandise available to make your service more personal.

Cremation FAQ

Is embalming required prior to cremation?
Absolutely not. We have modern refrigeration facilities, which negate the necessity for embalming.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes. We offer packages which allow immediate family members to view the deceased briefly prior to cremation in our private viewing room. The deceased is first washed, dressed, and prepared for viewing.

Can the family Witness The Cremation?
Yes. We offer packages which 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.

Is cremation accepted by all religions?
Today most religions allow cremation except for Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, Eastern Orthodox, and a few Fundamentalist Christian faiths. The Catholic Church accepts cremation as long as it is not chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teachings. Some people believe that cremation is against the teachings of the Bible, but according to one famous Biblical scholar, “What occurs to the body after death has no bearing on the soul’s resurrection. The body that rises is not made of the same substances as the one that was buried, or cremated, but is immortal and incorruptible.”

Can an urn be brought into church?
Nearly all Churches allow the urn to be present during the memorial service. The Arch Diocese of New York, which has jurisdiction over most Catholic Churches in the state, also allows the cremated remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. In fact, if the family is planning on a memorial service, we encourage the cremated remains be present as it provides a focal point for the service.

What can be done with the cremated remains?
Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbium, kept at home, or scattered on private property. We also offer a coastal Rhode Island scattering service. Our staff will be happy to discuss these options with you and make any arrangements.

Is cremation environmentally safe?
Yes. Studies have confirmed that the cremation process is more environmentally sound than the more expensive earth burial.

May I authorize my own cremation?
Yes. New York State law allows people who are pre-arranging their services to specify how they would like their services conducted.

What would happen if I prepaid my cremation and your society went out of business?
In the unlikely event that this occurred, you would be contacted by the State asking you what is to be done with both the principle and interest which has accrued in the account. See “Pre-Need” for more information.

Must the services be pre-arranged?
No. We have many families call us “at need.” Via telephone, we are able to receive oral permission for the removal of the deceased and gather any information needed. Subsequently, written permission and contracts are completed. Our fees are payable at the arrangement conference.

I’m an organ donor. Can I still be cremated?
Yes. Only after your physician and hospital have completed the necessary procedures will we be able to proceed with the cremation.

Do people choose cremation only to save money?
While some people select cremation for economy, many choose this option for other reasons. The simplicity and dignity of cremation, environmental concerns, and the flexibility cremation affords in ceremony planning and final disposition all add to its increasing popularity.

Don’t most funeral homes have a crematory?
Most funeral homes subcontract this delicate procedure out to a third party provider in another town where the funeral home has little or no control over the crematory’s operating procedures. Often, the family incurs additional transportation expenses and needless delay. By contrast, we own our cremation equipment, which is operated by our highly trained staff. Our cremation equipment is state-of-the-art and equals or exceeds every state and local operating standard and requirement. Our crematory is open for inspection by appointment during normal business hours.

Do I have to purchase a casket for cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required by the crematory is an alternative container constructed of cardboard which is cremated with the body. Our cremation plans provide a suitable container for cremation.

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 remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased through us or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a plastic container.

Are there any special benefits for veterans?
We have a special program for veterans who pass away in a VA hospital or a VA-contracted health care facility. All eligible veterans and their spouses are entitled to free burial space for their remains at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery or any VA national cemetery. Please contact us for individual circumstances. See “Veterans Benefits” for more information.

Is there any assistance for families on welfare?
The New York State Social Services Department provides benefits for deceased residents who are indigent or whose families cannot pay for their funerals. We accept Social Service payments.

How do your service fees compare to a local funeral home?
At Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Inc.,  our cremation service is far below the cost of the average traditional funeral, according to AARP average of over $ 7,500.00 plus cash advance items such as cemetery, clergy, death certificates fees.