Our Cremation Services
At Nelson Family Mortuary, we are proud to be the leading provider of cremation services in Provo and Orem. We offer a selection of affordably priced cremation packages to ensure we meet the broad requirements of the families we serve have. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff will help ensure that we arrange a service that meets your family’s needs and budget.
In recent years, the popularity of cremation services has continued to rise with many families now choosing it as the means to care for their loved ones remains. A cremation service can be arranged to include many of the same aspects of a traditional burial service. If your family is interested in saying a final goodbye before the cremation, we offer funeral and visitation services that can be held prior to the cremation.
Cremation Services in Utah
At our firm, we understand that the cost of cremation is an important factor for many families. That’s why we strive to provide our community with quality and affordable cremation services. No matter the type of service you desire, our caring and knowledgeable staff will be there to help tailor a service that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. As a leading provider of cremation services in Utah, we’re here to assist your family from the first call until long after the service has ended.
Our Cremation Options
In years past, families would plan traditional funeral services to honor a loved one and lay them to rest. Today, however, more families are interested in planning simply affordable cremations. Depending on your needs and budget, we offer three affordable cremation options; each can be modified to meet your needs.
Traditional Cremation Services
These are much like a traditional funeral. The body of the deceased, placed in a specially-selected cremation casket or a rental casket, is the focal point of the service. A visitation can take place prior to the funeral service and the cycle is completed with the cremation rather than a traditional burial. Once the cremation has occurred, the cremated remains are returned to your family. You can then decide to scatter, bury, or retain the cremated remains in an urn.View Pricing
This involves completion of all required paperwork and the transportation of the deceased from the hospital, home, nursing facility, or coroner's office to the crematory.View Pricing
Our Cremation Promise
We are caring cremation experts who promise each family we serve the highest level of:
1. Courteous, professional service.
Our dedicated staff will take care of all details, including prompt filing of required permits and notifications. Accurate completion of these essential documents not only ensures their acceptance by local or state agencies; it guarantees your loved one's cremation will not be delayed.
2. Respectful care of the deceased and timely completion of cremation process.
Your loved one will be attended to by certified crematory operators; each of whom has been trained to provide both compassionate care for the deceased, and conscientious attention to detail throughout the cremation process.
3. Safekeeping and prompt return of cremated remains.
We know it's important for the families we serve to know their loved one will be coming home as soon as possible. That's why we promise to notify you as soon as their ashes become available, and safeguard their urn until the time you are ready to receive them.
4. A memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased.
There are many advantages to taking some time to remember the life lived, share stories and laugh about all of the memories. Our team can help you plan a fitting memorial service with or without the cremation urn present, at our facility or in a place of your choosing.
Cremation Services - Utah County
A cremation service in Utah also allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony. While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.
You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks high among many who choose cremation. Casketed and embalmed remains take up cemetery space and can pollute the groundwater but many still question the amount of atmospheric pollution created by the cremation process. And of course, if you have concerns or additional questions about our services, our crematorium, or our process, we ask that you connect with us by calling (801) 405-7444. We will be pleased to take part in your cremation conversation.
Cremation in Salt Lake City and Surrounding Areas
If you are looking for cremation in Salt Lake City, Nelson is a short drive away in Provo, and we would be pleased to assist you in all of your affordable cremation services and needs. We are honored to be chosen by many families in the surrounding communities and provide quality and affordable cremation services with our years of professional service.
If you feel that our Provo burial services would best fit your situation, you can learn more in our Burial or Graveside Services section.
If you are looking into planning an affordable memorial service in Provo you should read the information we have put together for you on this page.
What Is Cremation?
Part of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.
How Cremation Works
The Cremation Association of North America describes the cremation process as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or another dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments". The traditional process of cremation involves reducing a body at very high temperatures until it is nothing but brittle, calcified bones. These are then processed into what we commonly call ashes. Returned to the family in a temporary urn (or a more personal urn selected by the family), these ashes can be kept, buried, or scattered. Some families even choose to place a loved one's cremated remains in a hand-crafted piece of cremation art.
What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?
Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:
- Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
- Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
- Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.
- What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.
Benefits of Cremation
It has always been an on-going debate: cremation vs. burial. Lately, cremation has been winning the battle as the more popular choice. The American cremation rate has been steadily on the rise for the past 30 years. The year of 2015 marked the first time the cremation rate was higher than the burial rate in the United States.
So, why cremation? Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation, but we have noticed some key benefits of cremation:
On average, cremation is generally 45-50% cheaper than burial. Cremation allows you to avoid the big purchases of items like a headstone and a casket.
Cremation is considered to be more environmentally friendly than burial. Often the deceased is embalmed using harsh chemicals for a wake before he/she is buried. People have been critical that these chemicals can seep through a casket and create water and soil pollution. Secondly, burial plots take up land space and disturbs the Earth to inter a casket. Crematories do release carbon emissions into the air, but new technology is really starting to reduce the amount and impact.
Often times, when people choose a traditional funeral they choose to have their loved one buried as well. In contrast, cremation is more associated with memorial services and celebrations of life. A traditional funeral involves many more components such as a wake, gathering pallbearers, organizing a mass with a church, coordinating the burial with the cemetery, and much more. Memorial service and celebrations of life can be much simpler if you choose them to be. Since these ceremonies are more based on what you want and are less about common rituals, you can choose just how complicated and sophisticated the ceremonies are.
Plots at cemeteries are becoming more and more scarce. The cemetery you wish to be buried in may not have plots available when you pass. Also since the supply of burial plots shrinks the cost of them has been on the rise. Cremation allows you to avoid the trouble of finding a plot.
With burial, you are either interred underground in a plot or above ground in a mausoleum. With cremation, you have several options in terms of what you can do with your loved one’s ashes. You can scatter your loved one’s ashes, store them in an urn, hold a small portion of it in memorial jewelry, blast them as a part of fireworks, mix them into the ink of a tattoo, and do so many other creative things with ashes.
Still Unsure How Cremation Works?
We encourage open dialog about all end-of-life issues, and sincerely hope you reach out to us to dig deeper into the topics related to cremation and burial. If you remain unsure about how cremation works, simply call us today at (801) 405-7444 to ask a question or to set an appointment (either in your home or our office). We look forward to the conversation.
If you would like more information on our affordable cremation services, please visit our cremation services page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone thinks they know the answer to the question "what is cremation", but when it comes down to it, the facts are often just out of reach. If you're ready to make the cremation decision, but just need a few more answers to nagging questions you have about cremation, then this is the right place for you. We've listed some of the most common questions we hear on the subject of cremation for you here; if you don't see your specific question then we invite you to call us at (801) 405-7444.