Robert Hylander
B: 1924-10-22
D: 2018-03-17
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Hylander, Robert
Anita DeMeyer
B: 1947-06-16
D: 2018-03-17
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DeMeyer, Anita
Gardner Creamer
B: 1920-07-19
D: 2018-03-11
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Creamer, Gardner
Gary Tyler
B: 1935-07-09
D: 2018-03-10
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Tyler, Gary
Florent Baker
B: 1924-08-09
D: 2018-03-07
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Baker, Florent
Danny Bryant
B: 1942-10-26
D: 2018-02-28
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Bryant, Danny
Dorothy Johnson
B: 1928-11-30
D: 2018-02-27
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Johnson, Dorothy
Walter Knudsen
B: 1932-04-20
D: 2018-02-27
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Knudsen, Walter
Luere Glover
B: 1942-07-23
D: 2018-02-23
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Glover, Luere
Brian Leighton
B: 1957-05-29
D: 2018-02-23
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Leighton, Brian
Sarah Hayward
B: 1924-05-13
D: 2018-02-20
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Hayward, Sarah
Helen Dudman
B: 1925-01-13
D: 2018-02-19
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Dudman, Helen
Christine Eaton
B: 1947-12-13
D: 2018-02-16
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Eaton, Christine
William Focke
D: 2018-02-14
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Focke, William
Mary Ann Waldron
B: 1932-01-31
D: 2018-02-13
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Waldron, Mary Ann
Shawn King
B: 1984-07-29
D: 2018-02-12
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King, Shawn
Bradford Ames
B: 1924-07-21
D: 2018-02-01
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Ames, Bradford
Timothy Sheehan
B: 1960-01-19
D: 2018-02-01
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Sheehan, Timothy
Brendon Morrison
B: 2001-01-22
D: 2018-02-01
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Morrison, Brendon
Francis Lymburner
B: 1932-02-10
D: 2018-01-28
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Lymburner, Francis
Janet Fickett
B: 1932-04-28
D: 2018-01-27
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Fickett, Janet


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What is Cremation?

Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at (207) 244-3183. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.

Cremation Explained

The Cremation Association of North America describes cremation as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments".  On our page, The Cremation Process, we offer a deeper look at the most common cremation process which uses extreme heat. 

What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?

Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who has been legally appointed or is the legal next of kin. Once the cremation authorization document is signed, the death certificate is completed, and service charges are paid, the body can be transported to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

  1. Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
  2. Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
  3. What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

Is it Time to Speak with One of Our Cremation Specialists?

We encourage open dialog about all end-of-life issues, and sincerely hope you reach out to us to dig deeper into the topics related to cremation and burial. Call us today at (207) 244-3183 to ask a question or to set an appointment (either in your home or our office). We look forward to the conversation.

What is Cremation, Cremation Association of North America


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