Things to Remember

  • In Michigan, the signature(s) of the next of kin is required for cremation authorization. A county cremation permit is also required, and this requires a signed death certificate. A signed death certificate requires a funeral director’s signature.
  • Embalming is required if the cremation does not take place within 48 hours after death or under a few other specific circumstances. If there is to be a public viewing with the deceased present, then we require embalming. In most other situations, embalming is not required.
  • We offer the opportunity, if desired, for up to five family members to identify the deceased at the funeral home prior to cremation.  If the viewing can be done in a matter of a few hours after death has occurred, then embalming will not be necessary. If there is to be a long delay (more than 8-12 hours) then embalming would be encouraged. If the viewing cannot be done within 48 hours then embalming is required.  If the deceased is not embalmed then the identification time is limited to 15 minutes due to health and sanitary reasons.
  • The cremated remains of your loved one will be returned to you in a standard crematory container unless specified otherwise.  A funeral home staff member will contact you once the cremated remains are back to the funeral home and ready to be picked up.  This process usually takes 5-7 days and depends primarily on next of kin signatures, physician signatures and necessary permits required by law.   
  • An urn is not necessary, but is appropriate in most cases. The temporary crematory container is adequate to locally transport the cremated remains. Your plans for the cremated remains likely will determine the kind of urn chosen. If there is to be a memorial service, a decorative urn may be desired. A cemetery or columbarium often has urn requirements. Home display or garden placement may suggest other urns. Also, there are urns specifically designed for the scattering of cremated remains. In addition, keepsake urns and jewelry are available. Whatever your needs may be, we offer a wide selection of urns.
  • Paper work/documentation that will be helpful for your arrangement meeting with the funeral director.
    • SSN documents
    • Marriage license
    • Birth certificate
    • Military discharge document (DD-214)
    • Life insurance documents
    • Will (if available)
  • Floral arrangements are handled by family.
  • Picture boards are available for use at each funeral home
  • Headstone and marker appointments can be made with any funeral director to design a headstone or marker for your loved one.