American Heritage Cremation | 3117 Oak Park Avenue | Berwyn,
IL60402 | Tel: 1-708-788-7776 | Fax: |
Our charges for a direct cremation include basic care, refrigeration of remains, obtaining required permits and authorizations without any rites or ceremonies.
The only other charges are cash outlays such as: money that is advanced on the families behalf, permits, certified copies of the death certificate, other license fees, upgrades, house calls, livery and extra cemetery or crematory charges.
Choosing our funeral service gives you the most flexibility. Your transferable pre-arrangement may be applied to any other arrangement at our funeral homes.
Memorial services, church services, funeral home services are all available.
What is meant by 'traditional cremation'?
Cremation is simply an alternative to burial. Traditional cremation often takes place after the family has had an opportunity to say their goodbyes, or after a traditional funeral service is held. Traditional service implies the casket is present (usually closed.). Many feel that having the deceased’s casket present for the service or visiting hours adds to the identity and meaning of the event.
Traditional cremation allows the family a chance to say their goodbyes. Being able to say goodbye is important, especially if death comes unexpectedly. Saying goodbye can be done in a private family viewing; we have many private family viewings even though the obituary may say there will be no visiting hours. A family may elect to have traditional visiting hours or have the casket present for the funeral service. Cremation takes place after these events are completed.
When planning your own cremation, it is important to understand that your family may very well need to see you before you are cremated, especially if death occurs suddenly. It is a kind thing to allow the family to say their goodbyes.
What is meant by 'immediate cremation' or 'direct cremation'?
Immediate cremation involves no viewing or embalming. Once the holding period is completed, cremation takes place after all certificates, authorizations and permits are obtained.
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