Your Questions about Cremation Answered

Your Questions about Cremation AnsweredCremation is becoming more and more common across the United States. Why do people choose cremation? Some people want to be more eco-friendly, some cost-effective,  and others find cremation a better burial option. Frequently, people will request cremation and then ask to have the remains spread across a piece of land or in a specific body of water. Below are the answers to questions you have asked us at Willwerscheid to answer.

1. How much does cremation cost when compared to burial with a coffin?


Willwerscheid burial packages range in price from $4,090 - $5,922. Cremation packages vary from $2,745 for basic cremation and up to $7,439 with full services.

2. Does the body need to be embalmed prior to cremation?


According to the Minnesota Funeral Directors Association embalming is not required unless;

  • the body is to be shipped by public transportation
  • there will be a public viewing
  • final disposition will be more than 72 hours after death
  • death was due to an infectious disease if so ordered by the Commissioner of Health

3. How do I know the remains are truly the remains of my loved one?


According to Minnesota Statute 149A.95 CREMATORIES AND CREMATION, Subd. 8.Identification of body requires that “all licensed crematories shall develop, implement, and maintain an identification procedure whereby dead human bodies can be identified from the time the crematory accepts delivery of the remains until the cremated remains are released to an authorized party. After cremation, an identifying disk, tab, or other permanent label shall be placed within the cremated remains container before the cremated remains are released from the crematory. Each identification disk, tab, or label shall have a number that shall be recorded on all paperwork regarding the decedent. This procedure shall be designed to reasonably ensure that the proper body is cremated and that the cremated remains are returned to the appropriate party.”

4. How soon after death can the cremation take place?


According to the 2017 Minnesota Statutes, A dead human body must be cremated within 24 hours of the crematory accepting legal and physical custody of the body.

5. Can remains be scattered over waterways in Minnesota?


Minnesota State law does not allow scattering of cremated remains in any waterway.

6. Is cremation acceptable if a member of the Catholic or Lutheran church?


Catholic Doctrine:
Cremation is not as acceptable under Catholic doctrine as is burial, however, as of 2016, the Vatican decreed cremation is acceptable but that the ashes of loved ones have no place in the home, and certainly not in jewelry. It urged that cremated remains be preserved in cemeteries or other approved sacred places. Ashes are not to be spread about and should be buried in an appropriate container.

Lutheran Doctrine
The concern of the Lutheran church is that after death, baptized Christians be commended to God in hope of the resurrection of the body and the soul.  Cremated remains, often called "cremains" or ashes, should be accorded the same dignity given to a body. Whereas, with Catholics, the spreading or separating of remains is not allowed, spreading cremains is acceptable with Lutherans.

Hopefully, this information will help you when making a decision whether or not to choose cremation. Each state and sometimes even each county has different laws governing cremation, so be sure to check with a funeral professional. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us by clicking here.