Although cremation dates back to ancient times, it has only recently become a more common choice throughout the United States and Canada. If you are thinking about cremation, you may want to know about the many options that are available to you. Whether you are currently in need, planning in advance for yourself of a family member, or just searching for information, we hope the following will help you understand the various choices associated with cremation.

Cremation is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone. These fragments are called cremated remains rather than ashes as the term ashes is misleading. Our staff will be pleased to explain the cremation process in detail with you if you prefer. Boone Family Funeral Home is a member of the North Carolina Cremation Association and has a certified crematory operator on staff to answer your questions.

The body must be enclosed in some type of container when delivered to the crematory, typically a casket or a cremation container. The choice of the cremation container will most likely depend on your choice of funeral or memorial services and also the type of final disposition and memorialization you select. Regardless of your choice, your decisions should reflect your family's preferences and religious beliefs. If the deceased is Jewish, Christian Orthodox, Muslim, or Roman Catholic, you may want to consult with the clergy. (Scattering is not accepted by the Catholic Church. The presence of the body, not the cremated remains is strongly advocated for the Funeral Mass). Our Cremation Authorization Form goes into much detail to explain the cremation process and our policies and procedures.

Our choice of cremation facility is one that is not taken lightly. We do not use an out of state crematory. The facilities and cremation equipment we utilize is state of the art modern equipment approved by the E.P.A. and the North Carolina Board of Mortuary Science.

We believe that those who compare facilities, our staff, our procedures, our prices and our reputation for excellence will conclude that we offer unsurpassed quality, value and peace of mind.