Cremation Facts and Common Questions


Are there any laws governing cremation?

Colorado is the only state in the country that does not require licensure of its funeral homes and crematories.  Therefore, the cremation consumer is encouraged to carefully select a cremation service provider.

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes, for a nominal fee. 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. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment.

Questions about Urns, Caskets, and Embalming

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 the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned to the family in a temporary container.

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 required because it provides safety for the crematory operator, and most importantly, dignity for the deceased.

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.  A pre-cremation identification viewing takes place at our crematory (11150 East Dartmouth Avenue, Aurora, CO.), and is limited to 2 family members ONLY, for 20 minutes. In interest of full disclosure while minimizing movement of the deceased, the identification occurs in the container that will shelter the deceased prior to cremation and will later be consumed in the cremation process.

Why Choose Cremation Society of Colorado?

* You can inspect our crematory, it’s secure and your loved one never leaves our care

* You may view your loved one prior to the beginning of cremation

* You can witness the start of the cremation process

* Death Certificates are filed and returned to you quickly

What are Seven Standards to use when Choosing a Cremation Service Provider?

1. Up-front Pricing: Having a General Price List is a requirement to conduct business in the funeral industry. The Federal Trade Commission requires that consumers be given a General Price List as soon as there is any discussion about services. Ask for a General Price List.

2. Crematory Location: The location of the crematory should be in a facility that accepts visitors and allows for public inspection. Because of the lack of regulations and accountability in Colorado the consumer must proceed with caution.

3. Affiliations: In the funeral industry it is common for one company to own and operate several mortuary/crematory centers under different names. But what is important is the reputation of each center. Ask if the company is a member of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), the Better Business Bureau, and employs members of the Colorado Funeral Service Board – all voluntary associations that show good faith and practice.

4. Policies and Procedures: Since cremation is an irreversible process, a reputable Cremation Service Provider will have written policies and procedures to ensure that you or your loved one will be cared for properly and treated with dignity. As a consumer, you have a right to request and receive a copy of the provider’s policy and procedure manual. In addition, a family member should be offered the opportunity to make a positive identification of the deceased before the cremation process begins. Log books should be available that document past procedures and the provider’s adherence to policy.

5. Inspection: You have the right to inspect everything listed in the first four items. If inspection is denied or even offered hesitantly, stay away!

6. Witnessed Cremation: Witnessing the beginning of the cremation process offers closure for some people. Any family member desiring to witness this process should feel welcome to do so at the encouragement of the cremation service provider.

7. Guarantee: Your peace of mind should be guaranteed based on the items outlined above. If a Cremation Service Provider cannot live up to these 7 Standards, avoid the potential for abuse and keep looking for a cremation service provider that can.

We are here to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call: (303) 797-6888.