Cremation FAQ

Can I be present for and witness the cremation, so I know everything is done right?
ANSWER yes - by New York State Law you have the right to witness the cremation, and by the same token  the crematory has the right to charge an extra fee.  While you have the absolute right to witness your families cremation, you do not have the right to witness, any other, and the crematory may and is allow to charge fee(s) for the extra staff or down time that they can not perform any other cremations.  As Tommy has always stated - if you call a Funeral Home and they state you are not allowed to witness or participant in the cremation, hang up the phone and find a firm that will truly and correctly tell your rights to do so.

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 or shrouded, 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 Calverton National Cemetery or any  County Veteran Cemetery subject to the Counties rules for interment.  Please contact us for individual circumstances. See “Veterans Benefits” for more information.

Is there any assistance for families on welfare?
The Local County 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?
A Flynn Funeral & Cremation Memorial Centers, Inc., service is far below the cost of the average traditional funeral, according to AARP average of over $7,500.