No, however, most crematories require that the body be held in a rigid, leak-proof container for dignified storage, transfer and handling. Today, we have a variety of cremation containers and caskets that are very economical and manufactured specifically for cremation.
Can we witness the cremation?
Definitely, it is becoming common practice, and we encourage you to do so. Our crematory was built with a Witness Room so that the initiation of the cremation process could be witnessed whether for religious reasons or peace of mind.
Can I be cremated if I am Catholic?
Prohibited prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has permitted cremation as a means of disposition since the mid-1960’s. Both Kansas City Archdioceses now permit the cremated remains to be taken to the church for the memorial Mass. We would be glad to provide you with a copy of the Church’s guidelines for cremation.
Does the body have to be embalmed?
No, our state-of-the-art facility has a climate controlled environment for sheltering a loved one prior to cremation.
What happens to the ashes after a cremation?
Cremated remains may be picked up by the survivors at our office, or can be mailed or delivered for a fee.
In what type of container are the cremated remains returned?
Cremated remains (ashes) are returned in a cardboard temporary container. Permanent urns are available starting at $95.
May I pre-pay the Cremation expense?
Yes, when you choose to pre-fund your cremation services, your money is put in a state-approved trust account or top-rated insurance company policy.
Why should I pre-pay for my cremation?
When it comes time for end of life decisions to be made, shouldn't you make the decisions? The pre-arrangements you make will reflect your exact wishes and desires. Pre-arranging your own service will help to ease the burden of your family at time of loss and pain.
Are pre-pay funds refundable?
Yes, in accordance with Kansas State Law, funds are refundable at any time, with written, signed notice.
What happens if a death occurs while on vacation outside of the Kansas City area?
If you are vacationing, visiting family members, staying at another residence, or receiving medical treatment more than 100 miles from home, Return Assured will protect you. Please ask for more details.
Is the Cremation Center of Kansas City licensed by the State of Kansas?
The Cremation Center of Kansas City is licensed by the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts as a "Branch Establishment."
Are the heirs eligible to receive social security or veterans' benefits?
There are specific circumstances where social security or veterans’ benefits may be available. Our funeral directors are available to discuss your personal situation and availability of benefits.