Contrary to what most people believe, cremation does not limit one's choices. The choice of cremation does not eliminate a funeral service
A funeral service followed by cremation need be no different than a funeral service followed by ground burial. Following the funeral service and cremation, the cremated remains are placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremation urn may be buried, placed in an indoor or outdoor cemetery columbarium, or scattered where permitted by law.
Cremation does not limit, but in fact increases the options available. The options for ceremonies prior to or following the cremation can include the selection of a casket or an urn, visitation with the body present (or memorial visitation where the urn is the focal point), a display of photographs or personal effects and awards, the location of the funeral ceremony and selection of music.
The staff at Serenity Funeral Home understands the value of our services and the importance of personalization, which is why all of our services can be arranged to meet a family's needs or wishes. Increasingly, we find that individuals want to create a service that reflects a more meaningful tribute.
Important Information Regarding Cremation
Since cremation is an absolute form of disposition there are particular rules and laws which need to be observed in order for cremations to go forward. Louisiana Law requires that the legal next of kin sign a Cremation Authorization form.
Next of kin is as follows: Spouse, Majority of Adult Children, Majority of Adult Grandchildren, Surviving Parents, Majority of Surviving Siblings
If the decedent has a Notarized Declaration stating their wishes to be cremated any person arranging the services can sign the Cremation Authorization form.
Cremation services come with a wide variety of options and oftentimes, many questions. There are many Memorialization Options when considering cremation services.
One of the decisions to be make is what should be done with the cremated remains after the cremation and cremation service is complete. There are three basic options:
- The Cremated Remains can be buried or interred in a cemetery.
- The Cremated Remains can be scattered.
- The Cremated Remains can be kept by the family members.
The charge for direct cremation (without ceremony, without viewing) includes: basic services of funeral director and staff, a proportionate share of overhead costs, removal of remains, transportation to crematory, an Alternative Container for conveyance of human remains into crematory retort, and the actual cremation. An urn is not included and will need to be selected at the time of arrangements.
** Cremation permit, authorizations, death certificates, newspaper obituary and urn are additional **
Traditional Funeral Service Followed by Cremation
This package includes services of the funeral director and staff, transfer of remains to our facility, embalming, cosmetology, dressing and casketing of remains, use of the facilities and staff services for a scheduled funeral ceremony at our funeral home or another location (charges for additional mileage may apply). Also included are funeral director and staff for committal services at a cemetery/mausoleum, and use of a hearse and service vehicle for floral transportation, as well as memorial stationary package with register book, memorial cards, crucifix/cross and acknowledgement cards. Tax on taxable items not included.
Traditional Burial Service Package before casket choice, or casket provided by family $2,955.00
Simple Goodbye Cremation
A. Standard $2,115.00
In addition to Direct Cremation, the Simple Goodbye cremation option includes basic preparation and disinfection of remains, an upgraded cremation casket (the Brown Standard) that includes a pillow and lining, and a ½ hour viewing time in our Chapel during normal business hours on weekdays. Your loved one will be presented in a simple and dignified manner with a hospital gown/smock and cosmetic color adjustment(*). This service is restricted to the immediate responsible party involved, up to 6 people
For families that require the additional service of having their loved one dressed in clothing provided by the family, the Other Preparation and Care of the Remains charge of $170.00 will apply.
Cremation Followed by Memorial Service
A. Standard Memorial Service $2,130.00
B. Standard Memorial Service with Graveside Inurnment $2,380.00
C. Memorial Service at Another Location $2,255.00
D. Memorial Service at Another Location with Graveside Inurnment $2,505.00
For families who choose to have a Memorial Service after direct cremation, we offer this package which includes ½ hour of family setup time in our Chapel prior to gathering, 1 to 2 hours of Gathering time prior to the Memorial Service. Service time is approximately 1 hour. Includes memorial stationary package with register book, memorial cards or service folders, crucifix/cross and acknowledgement cards.