Why having an on-site crematory is critical

First and foremost, your deceased family member never leaves our care! We are among very few funeral homes to operate our own crematory inside our clean and secure facility. It is important to understand that Wisconsin and Minnesota have strict regulations for cremation and crematories. In fact, many funeral homes offer ‘cremation services’ but rarely do they have their own crematory . This means that they have to transport to an onsite crematory outside the county or even out of state! This translates to higher charges$ We are the ONLY crematory in St. Croix and Pierce Counties. We cremate only one person at a time. With scandals rocking the country, it is important to be informed and understand your options. Can the crematory offer 24/7 inspection of their crematory? Do they know the name of the person who is cremating your loved one? Are they a funeral director?

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It takes more effort to ensure that the cremation is handled with care, dignity, and high standards. To assure your loved one is being cared for appropriately, we adhere to a rigid Pre-Cremation Checklist. We are the region’s first crematory to encourage your personal inspection. We are the first to offer a special viewing room located next to our crematory to facilitate those who wish to be present for the start of the cremation process.

We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty.

Everyone needs an understanding of the cremation process. Cremation is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone by way of heat and flame. We prefer to say “cremated remains” rather than “ashes” because we believe that the term “ashes” can be misleading. Our funeral directors or crematory staff can explain the consistency of cremated remains in as much detail as you prefer. If you are considering scattering we would recommend you ask us to prepare you for what you will see. If you have further questions or would like to visit with our preplanning cremation specialist, do NOT hesitate to call. 715-386-3725 or 715-684-3434. 

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