Riewerts Memorial Home, Inc.

Our Cremation Code of Ethics

Our promise to you:

  • We adhere to the highest professional conduct in everything that we do:
  • We will provide you with accurate information about all of our cremation options:
  • We will maintain an atmosphere of dignity and respect for the deceased at all times:
  • We will transport the remains to the funeral home as soon you direct us to do so:
  • Licensed funeral directors will be part of every aspect of the care of the deceased:
  • We will treat the deceased with same professional care that we will give to you:
  • All deceased remains will be positively identified before the cremation process:
  • You will be advised of all policies and legal requirements prior to the completion of the arrangement conference and the Cremation Authorization Form (found under cremation choices)
  • You will have available to you a wide selection of cremation merchandise.

All About Cremation

Different than ground burial or entombment in a mausoleum, cremation is the final and irreversible disposition of the body.

We will discuss with you all available options so that your personal wishes are carried out to your satisfaction.

For those selecting cremation, most of the families that we serve select cremation following the viewing and ceremonies. Some will have memorial visitation and services following the cremation and others want a direct cremation. Direct cremation is the simplest cremation option. New Jersey Law requires that 24 hours must pass after the pronouncement of death before cremation can be performed. During that time the remains are brought to the funeral home. We will meet with the family for an arrangement conference, execute the required paperwork and arrange for identification of the remains at the funeral home. Identification is not necessary if the person died at home. One person will do the identification either in person or by photograph. If others want a visitation with the deceased, that is not a direct cremation and General Price List charges will be used. Cremated remains may be buried, placed in an urn for entombment, ceremonially scattered or kept at home.

For those of the Roman Catholic faith, it is preferred that the Funeral Rites of the Roman Catholic Church be in the presence of the human body followed by cremation, also that the cremated remains be buried or entombed. In cases where the remains were cremated before the funeral liturgy, the cremains may be present during the mass with assurance by the family that the cremains will be properly buried or entombed. If the cremains are to be scattered contrary to Catholic teaching the cremains cannot be present during the funeral liturgy. It is always best to personally discuss your wishes with a parish priest or the Pastor of the church before cremation arrangements are decided.

Since the passage of the New Jersey Cemetery Act of 1971, only cemeteries can operate crematories in New Jersey. Funeral homes can arrange for cremation services and sell funeral merchandise such as caskets and urns but cannot own or be affiliated with cemeteries, nor can a cemetery own or operate a funeral home or sell funeral merchandise.

Cremation is the application intense heat and flame to reduce body to its basic elements. The body must be contained in a rigid container or casket that protects the dignity of the remains and provides ease of handling for funeral home and crematory personnel. Once placed in the cremation retort the entire cremation process generally takes from 2 to 3 hours at temperatures between 1,500 and 2,000 degrees F. With advance notice and additional cemetery cost, it is possible to arrange to see the container placed into the retort and push the button to start the process but it is not possible to see the cremation progress through its stages.

Once the cremation chamber cools to a safe level for the crematory operator the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber into a collection container attached to the opening of the retort that is identified with a numbered tag. (Every effort is made by the crematory operator to remove all remnants of the cremated remains) That number is matched to the previously labeled black plastic temporary cremation container to assure their proper identity. Cremated remains are not ashes but bone fragments that are processed to a granular consistency that weigh between five and ten pounds. The cremains in the temporary black plastic container is returned to the family with a cremation certificate that will be need to be presented for disposition or shipping. For shipping or transportation to other countries a Customs Letter must be requested at an additional cost. The box containing the cremains is sealed by the crematory by attaching a Customs Letter to the box assuring the authorities that only the cremains of the deceased are in the sealed container. If the seal is broken the Customs Letter is invalidated.

New Jersey law does not regulate how and where cremains are scattered.

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