In considering a final act of remembrance for a loved one, NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc is proud to provide cremation services to the residents of Westchester County, New York. To learn more about the cremation services provided by NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc, please visit their website here https://cremationny.com/ or contact this firm at 800-969-6602.
Choosing cremation does not eliminate the love and respect families had for the decedent. A recent study 2018 study has found that cremations accounted for 50% of funeral services. The National Funeral Directors Association estimates that by 2035, cremations will account for 85% of funeral services. NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc wants families to know that choosing cremation does not eliminate or require a funeral service. NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc provides cremation options that include a traditional funeral service, this can occur before or after the cremation service. This option can include burying the cremation urn instead of the body. Another cremation option available to families is to have a memorial service. Most often, a memorial service is held after the cremation has taken place. The most basic cremation service that NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc provides to the families that they service is a direct cremation service. A direct cremation is the most affordable form of cremation service. With direct cremation, the body is cremated within 24 hours after death. All cremation packages can be personalized to a family’s wishes and needs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cremations
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame. Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.
What do families need to understand about cremation laws in New York?
Each state has its own legislation that governs funeral practice. New York has some very strict laws. A crematory must abide by certain practice standards in disposing of human remains by cremation. In New York, a cremation can only be performed once a ‘Cremation Authorization Form’ has been signed by the legal next of kin and the medical examiner has issued the cremation permit. Generally, there is a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours before a cremation can proceed but this is not enforced in New York. That being said, it usually takes about 3 days to make all the necessary arrangements and complete the paperwork, but an expedited service can be arranged if required.
A casket is NOT required by law for a cremation. All that is required is a suitable rigid container. A cremation container is usually reinforced cardboard or plywood box. If you wish to hold a funeral service before the cremation, some funeral homes offer rental caskets.
Who Can Authorize a Cremation or Burial in New York?
State law designates that an “agent” appointed to control the disposition of remains by written instrument has priority to control the disposition. After that the priority is given to:
- Surviving spouse
- Domestic partner
- Any of the decedent's surviving children over the age of 18
- Either of the decedent's parents
- Any of the decedent's surviving siblings (brothers or sisters) over the age of 18
- A guardian appointed pursuant to Article 17 or Article 17-a of the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act (SCPA) or Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law
- The duly appointed fiduciary of the decedent's estate
- Close friend or other relative who is reasonably familiar with the decedent's wishes, including his or her religious or moral beliefs, when no one higher on the list is available, willing, or competent to act; (Note: This person must complete an "At-Need Written Statement of Person Having the Right to Control Disposition" form)
- Public Administrator
Can a Cremation Urn be brought into church?
Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic Churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral as it provides a focal point for the service.
NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc is a practical, low-cost cremation service for the discerning consumer who does not wish to pay the high fees for simple cremation arrangements. NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc's mission is to provide families with affordable options and a caring, professional staff. NYC Funeral and Cremation Service Inc is here to help bring closure to the deceased and their family. In a recent review, Tino wrote “The service from beginning to end was perfect. The care and sympathetic approach was appreciated by all in the family. All the steps in the process were handled professionally and timely. Everything from the wake to the funeral. Highly recommend this service.