- What is cremation?
Cremation is the process that reduces dead human remains to 3-7 pounds of organic and inorganic compounds and it accomplishes this by exposing the body to intense heat and flame for a 1.5 - 2 hour duration, at temperatures of approximately 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. After the cremation, the cremated remains are mechanically processed until they have the consistency of very course sand or gravel.
- What is direct cremation?
A direct cremation is just that...a direct cremation. There are no services with the body present prior to the cremation, the body is not prepared in any way, and an alternative container is used instead of a casket.
- Is a casket required for a direct cremation service?
No. If a cremation provider offers direct cremation, the cremation provider is obligated to offer an alternative container to the families they serve. Alternative containers can be constructed of cardboard, plywood, composite wood materials, or pouches made of plastic or cardboard. All alternative containers must be the construction requirements of the crematory.
- Is embalming required for a direct cremation service?
No, embalming is not required for direct cremation.
- Do I have to buy an urn for the ashes?
The cost of a direct cremation covers the cost of a standard urn however you can select other options on this website.
- I live in New York and my brother lives in Los Angeles. I want to ship my mother's urn and ashes overnight via FedEx. Is this okay?
FedEx, UPS and DHL will not knowingly transport human cremated remains because they're uninsurable. These carriers will deliver an empty urn but not an urn containing cremated remains. Only the post office will transport cremated remains via their parcel post service.
- Who can authorize a cremation?
This answer to this question depends on where you live. Usually the immediate next-of-kin (a spouse for example) will make the necessary arrangements and pay for the services. If the spouse is deceased, then the children would step forward. In some jurisdictions, a cousin or even a friend can make cremation and final disposition arrangements. Check with your licensed cremation provider for the proper (and legal) answer to this question.
- What if I can’t afford a direct cremation and have no other options?
We suggest you speak to a director at Golden Gate for some options.
- How long until I receive my loved ones remains?
The cremation process takes 7-10 business days to complete, starting with either 1) the date the doctor signs the death certificate or 2) the date all paperwork and payment is received from the family, whichever is later.
- What if I don’t want to make the arrangements on line. Can I meet with a funeral director in person?
Golden Gate offers affordable pricing because all arrangements are generally made online. If you wish to meet with a funeral director, the option to do so for an additional charge is available on the online arrangement form.