Cremation and Memorial Choices

Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition. The memorial service is designed to honor the life of your loved one, but it is also a time that you will begin to deal with the reality of your loss and begin the healing process.  

Cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery lot, interred in a columbarium, scattered in a cremation garden or at sea, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn, spun into glass pieces of art or even made into diamonds. 

We offer many option for cremation with a service, you may choose to have a full visitation with your loved one present and the cremation process completed after the visitation or service, you may choose a memorial service or celebration of life, whatever you needs or desires are you will find that the staff of funeral directors at Munden Funeral Home is here to assist you. 

Direct Cremation 

This includes the services of funeral director and staff, cremation, minimum alternative container which is required by law, initial container for cremated remains to be placed in, local transportation within a 50-mile radius, filing of all notices required by state to include filing of certified death certificate, filing any documents for Veteran benefits. For pricing and details please feel free to call us or come by and speak with one of our funeral directors. We offer a copy of our General Price List showing all of our services and charges.

*When selecting cremation, through Munden Funeral Home, your loved one never leaves our care. Cremations are performed by our licensed Funeral Directors who are also Certified Crematory Operators through the State of North Carolina. Our crematory is located on our premises at 2112 Arendell Street, Morehead City. 

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Cremation FAQ

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Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.

A casket is not required, but most states require an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard.

No.  In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Yes, most crematories allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation.

Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber.  Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.

Nearly all Protestant churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service.  Most Catholic churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass.  It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral as it provides a focal point for the service.

While laws vary state by state, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.

All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error.  Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.

It all depends on the weight of the individual.  For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color.  The remains of an average sized adult usually weighs between 7 and 8 pounds.

With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

An urn is not required by law.  However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery.  If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.

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