Frequent Questions

We have listed many commonly asked questions below and answers that will assist you in deciding what is best for you and your family. If you are still looking for more information please call us at (816)941-CARE(2273) and one of our knowledgeable staff members will assist you.

What is cremation?

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To begin with, it is probably easier to describe what cremation isn't. Cremation is not final disposition of the remains, nor is it some type of funeral service. Rather, it is a process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, cremation takes from two to three hours at normal operating temperature between 1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F.

What happens after the cremation is complete?

All organic bone fragments, which are very brittle, as well as non-consumed metal items are "swept" into the front of the cremation chamber and into a stainless steel cooling pan. All non-consumed items, like metal from clothing, hip joints, and bridge work, are separated from the cremated remains. This separation is accomplished through visual inspection as well as using a strong magnet for smaller and minute metallic objects. Items such as dental gold and silver are non-recoverable and are commingled in with the cremated remains. Remaining bone fragments are then processed in a machine to a consistent size and placed into a temporary or permanent urn, selected by the family.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light gray in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to eight pounds.

In what kind of container are the cremated remains returned?

The cremated remains are placed in the urn of your choice from our large selection of urns available for purchase. You may also use your own urn if you desire, and we will place the cremated remains in the urn at no additional charge.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

There are many options. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered on private property. Our staff will be happy to discuss these options with you and make any arrangements.

Are there any laws governing cremation?

Cremation regulations vary from state-to-state. 

In the State of Kansas an investigator from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner must review the death certificate and sign an authorization allowing us to proceed with cremation. In the state of Missouri, a death certificate must be completed with the cause of death by the deceased physician. In both states we must have a signed cremation authorization by the next of kin for us to begin the cremation. 

Can two cremations be performed at once?

Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.

Can the family witness the cremation?

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Yes, our state-of-the-art cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

We have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment. Our Ten Step Peace of Mind Guaranteed Process also ensures that you receive the correct cremated remains. The positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process using our identification medallion which bears the unique cremation number assigned to your loved one. 

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. We have a variety of urns to choose from on our website and at our facility. Families may also provide their own urn if an urn is not selected.

Is a casket needed for cremation?

No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required is a rigid container which is cremated with the body. This container is included in all of our cremation packages. Two upgraded containers are available as well and are required for family visitations and witnessed cremations.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

Absolutely not, and it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, immediate family members may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation in our private viewing room. The deceased is first washed, wrapped in clean linens, and prepared for viewing. 

How can Assurance Cremation Society help veterans?

We offer a specially discounted Veterans Tribute Package, which includes a graveside service with military honors, an urn, a flag case, and a veterans stationery package. We also assist in obtaining benefits and sharing service options with families. Our funeral directors will guide you to make sure that you or your family receives everything to which you are entitled. 

To learn more about veterans' benefits click VETERANS OVERVIEW, or click VETERANS TRIBUTE PACKAGE  to learn more about how we honor veterans' service to our country. 

Don't most funeral homes have a crematory?

While most funeral homes offer cremation services, very few funeral homes own a crematory. The majority of funeral service providers cannot guarantee the entire integrity of the cremation process, as they must entrust another company with the cremation process. 

At Assurance Cremation Society, your loved one never leaves our care. We operate our own crematory and have rigorous standards that are followed throughout the entire cremation process. We can guarantee that you will receive your loved one's cremated remains, and we offer families the opportunity to inspect our facilities or to even witness the cremation process.

To learn more about our crematory and Peace of Mind Guarantee to You, please click on ONSITE CREMATORY.

Can the urn be brought to my church?

There are very few religions that prohibit cremation under all circumstances. 

At the present time, all of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses in Missouri and Kansas allow urns to be brought to church for memorial masses. Most Protestant churches welcome memorial services as well, and many Protestant churches are developing memorial gardens for interring the cremated remains of their members. 

If you have questions about a particular church or place of worship please contact us at 816-941-CARE and one of our staff members will happy to assist you.

Can I prepay for my services?

Yes, many families prepay for their services before the time of need. This spares your family from wondering what services you would have wanted and from incurring a financial burden at the time of your death. 

By prepaying for your services, you also lock in the prices for our services, and we guarantee that your family will not have to add any funds at the time of your death.

To learn more about prearrangements and prepaying for services click PREPLANNED SERVICES or call us at 816-941-CARE and one of our knowledgeable funeral directors will guide you through process and answer any questions you have. 

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