Nationwide, cremation is on the rise. In fact, it is projected that by the year 2025, over 43% of those who are faced with the decision will choose cremation over in-ground burial. Cremation is a more popular choice for families in the Eufaula area too, yet many come to us with concerns.
We’re here to answer your questions, and provide you with assurance that Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory is the most appropriate cremation provider for your family. Why? Because our state-of-the-art crematory is located on our grounds, which means that your loved one:
• Will never leave our care
Ours is among the very few mortuaries to operate our own crematory inside our clean and secure facility. From the moment your loved one comes into our care, they will be tended by us – and only us.
• Will be tended with dignity, under the highest standards
To assure your loved one is being cared for appropriately, we adhere to a strict procedure, and always involve two staff members in every cremation process. Our state-of-the-art equipment is maintained at the highest possible standards and is environmentally safe.
• Will be cared for by certified cremationists
We are members of the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to our staff. We adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty.
• Will have family and friends present
Many families are comforted to know that they can be a witness for their loved one. We are the first to offer a special viewing room located next to our crematory to facilitate those who wish to be present for the start of the cremation process.
The importance of having our own on-site crematory just can’t be overstated. It means there is no need for additional transportation charges or scheduling problems with another crematory facility. Our families who choose cremation can expect thorough privacy, convenience and respect since we have complete control in the handling of the entire cremation process.
What is cremation?
Cremation is, as you may be aware, the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone by way of heat and flame. What remains of the body after this process is often called "ashes," however we prefer to say "cremated remains" because we think that the word "ashes" can be misunderstood.
We will be pleased to explain the consistency of cremated remains in as much detail as you prefer. And, if you are considering scattering we ask that you allow us to prepare you for what you will see.
The Religious Aspects of a Cremation Decision
We embrace and respect cultural and religious diversity. Working with a family's clergy or cultural leader, we make sure that religious guidelines are strictly followed. If the deceased is Jewish, Christian Orthodox, Muslim, or Roman Catholic, we always suggest that you consult clergy or our staff for guidance.
Your Personal Inspection is Encouraged
Cremation with Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory assures families the highest level of accountability, and one way we document that assurance is in our open invitation to inspect our facilities. In fact, we encourage your personal inspection. Call us today for an appointment, or come in for a candid conversation.