Choosing Cremation

Cremation is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst the baby boomer generation. Among the many reasons for this growing trend is the range of options cremation provides for a final memorial service.

Cremation gives people the flexibility to search for types of tributes that reflect the life being honored. But this doesn’t mean that aspects of traditional funeral services have to be discarded. Even with cremation, a meaningful memorial can be personalized to reflect the life of the deceased.




Cremated remains (or "cremains") are commonly placed in an urn and committed to an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium; interred in a family burial plot; or included in a special urn garden.

Cremation also gives families the option to scatter the remains. This can be done in a designated cemetery garden, scattered at sea, or at a place that was special to the person. Today, cremains can even become part of an ocean reef or made into diamonds.


Whatever you choose, cremation or burial, traditional services or contemporary celebrations,
Premier Funeral Services and Cremations is there to help you.



urn for funeral service with cremains

What is a Direct Cremation?
When you choose direct cremation, the body is taken directly from the place of death (or morgue) to our crematory. 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.



Direct Cremations are available for one low price

We offer Direct cremations at one low price – Complete with Death Certificate, Urn and Medical Examiner fee included.

Direct Cremation
without Memorial Service - includes FREE Urn

Premier Funeral Services Direct Cremation Option offers an affordable and dignified alternative for families here in South Florida (Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties). Our courteous and professional staff will assist you in planning a cremation with sympathy and respect. This simple Cremation includes every necessary expense with no hidden charges. Our affordable price includes:

  • Removal from a hospital, nursing home, private home or the medical examiner's office
  • Transportation to our crematory
  • Basic alternative cremation container (an appropriate container for the body which eliminates the need for a casket)
  • Care and Refrigeration of the body (embalming is not required in the State of Florida)
  • Obtaining of all required authorizations, permissions and permits
  • Assisting with placement of newspaper notices
  • Initial notification to Social Security Administration and Veteran Benefits, if eligible
  • Cremation performed by Certified Technician at our own crematory
  • Releasing cremated remains in a free urn or other container chosen by you
  • One Death Certificate
  • Medical Examiner fee from appropriate county of death

Other options can be included; please call for details.

This service does not include cash advance items, such as additional preparation of the deceased, prayer cards, memorial register book, identification viewing of deceased, and witnessing the cremation process. Other additional items to be considered:

  • County required charge for any additional certified copy of Death Certificate (Premier gives you the first one)
  • Any additional newspaper charges required by publisher for obituary notices
  • Additional charges for special requests (i.e. mailing cremains, or scattering at sea, etc.)

Premier Funeral Services offers a respectful scattering at sea locally in the Atlantic Ocean (unattended) for $125.00

  • We depart locally and travel east a minimum distance of three miles (required by U.S. Code).
  • The cremains are scattered and a record of the exact longitude & latitude coordinates are provided to you.
  • If you wish to attend, a private charter can be arranged for an additional fee.

Cremains may also be sent in the container you select to any domestic mail address you specify for $125.00

  • This flat fee includes packaging the container appropriately for mailing and personally carrying the packaged cremains to the United States Post Office
  • Package is sent via United States Postal Service by Registered Mail (required by the U.S. Postal Service). Priority Express Mail rate is included.
  • This is an added convenience for those who are not able to travel here and/or need the cremains delivered to another location





Frequently Asked Questions about Cremation

The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1600 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The remaining bone fragments are known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner. The cremated remains are then processed into fine particles and are placed in a temporary container provided by the crematory or placed in an urn purchased by the family. The entire process takes approximately three hours. Throughout the cremation process, a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification.

The optimum temperature range is 1600 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit for the cremation chamber.

Cremating at the optimum temperature (1600‐1800 degrees), the average weighted remains takes 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Several more hours may be required before the cremated remains are available to the family.

Yes. State law generally provides that only one body may be cremated at a time. However, in some states, the remains of family members may be cremated together with the consent of the next‐of‐kin.

Yes, the body is exposed to direct heat and flame. Cremation is performed by placing the deceased in a casket or other container and then placing the casket or container into a cremation chamber or retort, where they are subjected to intense heat and flame.

Because cremation is an irreversible process and because the process itself will eliminate any ability to determine exact cause of death, many states require that each cremation be authorized by the coroner or medical examiner.

It is essential that you notify us if you know the deceased has pacemakers and other medical devices so they may be removed prior to cremation. They may explode when subjected to high temperature, which can be hazardous to crematory staff and equipment. In addition, any special mementos, such as jewelry, will be destroyed during the cremation process. Anything you wish to keep should be removed by the funeral director before the casket or container is transferred to the crematory.




A complete cremation is a two‐step process. Firstly, the actual exposure of the deceased to several hours of intense heat and flame; after which the remains are mostly ash except for certain bone fragments, then the entire remaining ash and fragment volume is gathered and run through a processor, creating a uniform powder‐like texture.

Due to the irreversible nature of cremation, most states require a waiting period before the actual process may begin. Unless a body is embalmed, refrigeration is the only alternative available that will retard tissue decomposition. Refrigeration is a necessity that protects family and friends, the crematory operator and the general public from potential health hazards.

No. In most cases, it is your choice. It may depend on such factors as whether the family selected a service with a public viewing of the body, whether there is to be a funeral service, or whether there is refrigeration available. Embalming may also be necessary if the body is going to be transported by air or rail, or because of the length of time prior to the cremation.

No. For sanitary reasons, ease of placement and dignity, many crematories require that the deceased be cremated in a combustible, leak proof, rigid, covered container. This does not need to be a casket as such. What is required is an enclosed, rigid, container made of wood or other combustible material to allow for the dignified handling of human remains. The type of casket or container selected is really a personal decision. Caskets and containers are available in a wide variety of materials ranging from simple cardboard containers to beautifully handcrafted oak, maple or mahogany caskets.

There is a choice of very affordable cremation caskets that are completely combustible. The selection includes options from a simple pine or cloth‐covered casket to a hardwood casket.

Many funeral homes offer a hardwood ceremonial casket for viewing or funeral services prior to cremation. The ceremonial (or rental) casket is specifically designed to provide a very aesthetically pleasing, affordable and environmentally prudent alternative to purchasing a casket for a cremation service.

Yes — It would be advisable that you discuss this situation with your cremation provider prior to the cremation. The size of your urn will be of great importance if you plan to have all of the cremated remains included in this container.




Arrangements can usually be made through the funeral home or crematory for relatives or representatives of the deceased to witness the cremation.

No ‐ actually only a small percentage of cremation service providers have their own cremation units. Premier Funeral Services and Cremations does have a crematory.

No, cremation is simply a method of preparing human remains for final disposition.

It really depends entirely on how you wish to commemorate a life. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or after the cremation with the urn present; or a committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains. Funeral or memorial services can be held in a place of worship, a funeral home or in a crematory chapel.

It's completely a matter of family preference. Many times when a family is split regarding the decision to cremate, a compromise may be achieved by having a traditional service first ‐ to be followed by cremation.

With cremation, your options are numerous. The cremains can be interred in a cemetery plot, i.e., earth burial, retained by a family member, usually in an urn, scattered on private property, or at a place that was significant to the deceased. (It would always be advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place.) Cremation is just one step in the commemorative process—the preparation of the human remains for memorialization. Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time‐honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision. The limit is set only by your imagination.

Yes, with permission of the owner.




You might choose ground burial of the urn. If so, you may usually choose either a bronze memorial or monument. Also available at many cemeteries are cremation niches in columbariums. They offer the beauty of a mausoleum setting with the benefits of above ground placement of remains. Many cemeteries also offer scattering gardens. This area of a cemetery offers the peacefulness of a serene garden where family and friends can come and reflect.

A columbarium, often located within a mausoleum or chapel, sometimes free‐standing, either indoor or outdoor, is constructed of numerous small compartments (niches) designed to hold urns containing cremated remains.

As long as it is permitted by local regulations, the cremated remains can be scattered in a place that is meaningful to you. This can, however, present difficulties for your survivors. Some people may find it hard to simply pour the mortal remains of a loved one out onto the ground or into the sea. If you wish to be scattered somewhere, it is therefore important to discuss your wishes ahead of time with the person or persons who will actually have to do the scattering. Another difficulty with scattering can occur when the remains are disposed of in an anonymous, unmarked or public place. Access to the area may be restricted for some reason in the future, undeveloped land may be developed, or any of a host of other conditions may arise that could make it difficult for your survivors to visit the site to remember you. Even if your cremated remains are scattered in your backyard, what happens if your survivors relocate sometime in the future? Once scattered, cremated remains cannot easily be collected back up. Having your remains placed, interred or scattered on a cemetery’s grounds ensures that future generations will have a place to go to remember. If remains are scattered somewhere outside the cemetery, many cemeteries will allow you to place a memorial of some type on the cemetery grounds, so survivors have a place to visit that will always be maintained and preserved.

Because it provides a focal point for memorializing the deceased. To remember, and be remembered, are natural human needs. Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. The Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknowns and Vietnam “Wall” in Washington, D.C are examples of memorialization which demonstrate that, throughout our history, we have always honored our dead. Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping to bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for a loved one's mortal remains, which fulfills the natural human desire for memorialization.

Yes — Depending upon the cemetery's policy, you may be able to save a grave space by having the cremains buried on top of the casketed remains of your spouse, or utilize the space provided next to him/her. Many cemeteries allow for multiple cremated remains to be interred in a single grave space.

Yes. The remains are normally placed in an urn. Most families select an urn that is suitable for placement on a mantle or shelf. Urns are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials.

The cost depends on the type of permanent memorial, location of the memorial, urn and placement selected.

Some religions prefer cremation; some do not recommend the practice; most permit you to choose. Should you have any questions or concerns, we suggest you speak with a member of your clergy, or contact your local prearrangement provider