Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the
slow oxidation of the body tissues. Cremation, on the other hand,
provides rapid oxidation. Cremation is a process in which intense
heat is used to transform the body back to its basic elements. The
body, enclosed in a container
approved for cremation, is placed in a cremation chamber
(retort). The soft tissue is vaporized. What remains is not ashes,
but bone fragments. This is what is contained in the cremation urn,
weighing from three to nine pounds on average.
We engage the service of a local crematory in Jonesboro.
Crematories provide the actual cremation with reverence and
dignity. Crematories are regulated and inspected by state and
Cremation is just one form of preparing the body for final
disposition. Cremation procedures include filling out the death
certificate and all other official documents.
Cremation does not take the place of customary funeral services;
it's merely another form of final disposition. Funeral services are
the way we, the living, share our grief, acknowledge the
contributions the deceased has made to our lives, and prepare
ourselves for going on with life.
Benefits of Cremation
- Cost - Direct cremation is more affordable than
- Green - Cremation is an earth-friendly way to dispose
- Time - There is no need to feel rushed to plan services.
- Locations - Memorial services can be held
- Choices - There are more products available for
If the body is cremated,
- Remains can be stored by the family
- You may take the remains in the simple plastic box we provide
and distribute ("scatter") them over land or water
- Remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
- Remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot, in a
smaller cremation plot or with existing family members'
- Remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.
Is cremation right for you? People choose cremation for a
variety of reasons: philosophical, religious, even environmental.
Others make the decision because cremation is simpler and more
natural. If you are considering cremation, it's important to know
and understand all of the choices available to you. Here you may
learn about the many different options for personalized services,
memorialization, and products that are available to you when you
choose cremation. You can read more about cremation in our Frequently Asked
Come by our Hoxie office for more information on cremation and
to view our wide selection of urns and cremation accessories. We
also have several free catalogs of cremation merchandise.