As cremations are a growing yet often misunderstood area, we at Coats Funeral Home want to answer a variety of commonly-asked questions, to make this decision easier for you and your family.
Can I sign my own cremation authorization?
Unfortunately, you cannot sign a cremation authorization for yourself. Thus, it is crucial to discuss your wishes with your loved ones and prearrange your funeral by filling out the necessary cremation forms. A new law in Michigan allows a person with no family or if a person is not sure that their family will carry out their wishes for cremation, may appoint a "Funeral Representative" that will be authorized to carry out their wishes and sign authorization for cremation. The appointed funeral representative supercedes next of kin. There is a specific document for this purpose and must be signed and notarized prior to your death. Coats Funeral Home has available the form and can notarize.
Can I have a visitation and funeral with a cremation?
Yes, we at Coats Funeral Home will help you plan a cremation to include whichever service and viewing time you desire. We also can provide an environmentally-friendly cremation casket.
Is Cremation less expensive than burial?
Cremation can be less expensive than a burial. It does not involve purchasing a burial vault or outer grave liner, cemetery property, paying grave opening and closing fees (unless cremated remains are to be buried or placed in a niche), or grave maintenance fees. Cremation is significantly less expensive if you choose not to have a memorial or funeral service.
What costs are incurred in cremation, which are not incurred for burial?
As with burial, there will be funeral home fees. The funeral home is responsible for transportation of the deceased and all the necessary paperwork required by law prior to the actual cremation. Second, there is a cost for the cremation itself, which takes place at the crematory normally located at a cemetery. This charge ranges from $175 to $250 plus a cremation approval fee of $40 to the Oakland County Medical Examiner for deaths occurring in Oakland County, or $75 for deaths occurring in Wayne County (this fee varies from county to county). Also, you may desire to purchase a container or urn for the ashes.
What can be done with cremated remains after cremation?
Your family may do whatever you wish with the ashes of your loved one. We do not recommend scattering them in lakes or burial on property, which may be sold in the future or without permission from the property owner due to potential legal liabilities.
Some options for cremated remains include, but are not limited to:
- Purchasing an urn
- Burying ashes in a cremation space at a cemetery
- Burying in a standard adult grave where another burial has or will take place
- Mailing or shipping cremation remains to other parts of the country or world.
We invite you to contact us at Coats Funeral Home.