S ince the move to our beautiful, new Rockford facility in the fall of 2005, we are pleased to say that we have our own crematory. You now have the peace of mind of knowing that your loved one never leaves our care and that everything is being professionally taken care of here in our own crematory.
It is important to note that most cremation providers do not actually own their own crematory or control the actual cremation. Instead, many funeral providers contract with outside vendors who actually perform the cremation.
When a family selects Honquest, because we own and operate our own on-site crematory and processing equipment, families are assured of their privacy, security and quality care throughout because we are utilizing our own equipment and highly-trained and certified cremation management and staff.
We do not use third-party crematories, nor do we perform cremations for outside cremation companies or pets. Our crematory and personnel are exclusive to the families that select a cremation package. Remember, it is important to note that because the crematory is on the premises, transportation, delivery and vehicle charges are avoided.
Cremation is a widely-used alternative to traditional burial that has a place in all types of services. As with burial, there are a number of personal choices families can make about the way cremation is conducted. Some families choose to simplify the process by selecting a DIRECT CREMATION where no ceremony or visitation takes place. A MEMORIAL SERVICE can be conducted following the cremation, and like traditional services, may be religious or non-religious, depending on the individual. Pictures and mementos are commonly displayed with or without an urn in our funeral home. A TRADITIONAL CREMATION SERVICE, while very similar to a traditional funeral service, is when following the funeral ceremony there is no procession to a cemetery and the cremation takes place. A wood cremation casket is used or a rental casket is an option.
Regardless of the type of service a family chooses, there is the question of what to do with the remains. Following any cremation service there can be an interment ceremony at a cemetery, the family can take the remains home or a scattering can take place for those who do not desire a permanent site for loved ones to visit. These selections are made by the family according to their desires and wishes.
Many families have questions about the cremation process and incorporating cremation into the service they've planned. Our knowledgeable, professional staff will be happy to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have, and invite you to stop by to visit and see our on-site crematory.