Frequently Asked Questions

In what type of container are the cremated remains returned?»

he cremated remains are returned in an urn of the families chose or a minimal temporary container. A limited selection of urns are available online or you may select from a larger selection of urns at any of our funeral home locations. We offer a large selection of urns at a wide range of prices that are suitable for services, burial, inurnment, scattering, green burial or burial at sea.

Is a casket required for cremation?»

A casket is not required for cremation, but a minimal rigid container is required.

Is embalming required for cremation?»

Although embalming is not required for cremation, it may be chosen by those families who desire extended viewing or services by family and friends prior to cremation. Viewing services and embalming is only available through our funeral director-assisted cremation services at one of our funeral home locations, but not through the online cremation option.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?»

New Mexico law does provide for a limited identification period by a limited number of family members, and is available through our funeral director-assisted option.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?»

We have developed the most rigorous operating policies and procedures to maximize quality and minimize the potential for human error. Positive identification of the deceased is done with our seven-step “Peace of Mind” identification process throughout each stage of the cremation process.

Is more than one cremation performed at once?»

No, it is illegal and most modern cremation chambers can only accommodate one adult human.

Can family witness the cremation?»

Yes, for a nominal fee. Our state-of-the-art crematory facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. Some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.

What can be done with the cremated remains?»

Cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered in an approved area (cemetery cremation scattering garden). Our staff is available to discuss these options with you.