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Celebration of Life

No two people are alike… and no two services should be alike.

We understand what a commitment to service really means! As a locally owned and operated funeral home, Shuchert Funeral Home understands the needs of a family during one of the most difficult times in their life. When a death occurs, we take the time to slowly walk a family through all of their options. We handle all of the necessary arrangements for you. You can depend on us to provide a service that will be memorable, flawless, with every detail accounted for completely.

Traditional Service - 
Traditional service consists of viewing the deceased, with a service at a church or funeral home and burial immediately following.

Traditional Service with Cremation - 
Traditional service with cremation allows the family to have a traditional funeral service with the cremation to take place after the viewing or after the actual service at the church or funeral home.

Cremation with a Memorial Service - 
Cremation will take place immediately and a memorial service will take place at a church or the funeral home.

Direct Cremation with No Service - 
Cremation will take place immediately without having any formal services.

Cremation Facts: What is cremation? -
One of the realities of death is that when someone dies, his/her body must be cared for. This final care must comply with the family’s requests and also with legal requirements. There are two common options available for this final disposition: burial and cremation. Burial is the option most often selected.

During the cremation process, intense heat is used to reduce human remains into small bone fragments. This takes place in a chamber known as a crematory retort. After cremation, these bone fragments are further reduced to a fine powdery form and are referred to as cremated remains. Why do people select cremation?

Each person who selects cremation or any other form of disposition, does so for individual reasons. These may be based on family traditions, religious obligations, personal beliefs, convenience or costs. A survey conducted by the Cremation Association of North America revealed the following reasons for the increased number of cremations:

1. Increased life expectancy – It is now common for people to live well into their 80′s and 90′s. The cremation rate for these people of these ages is more than twice the national average. They often have outlived many friends and family and do not feel a need for a traditional funeral.

2. Diminishing Regional Differences – As our country and the world becomes more of a global community, there are fewer differences in cultural rites.

3. Diminishing Traditions – People are not as tied to tradition as in the past when burial was almost exclusively selected.

Are There Religions Obligations?
Most Christian denominations do not object to cremations, however, traditional Jewish and Islamic law prohibit cremation as a form of disposition. Until 1963, the Catholic Church prohibited cremation.What must be done with the cremated remains?

In most states, the cremation process is considered legal final disposition. The legal next of kin has the legal authority to decide what to do with the cremated remains. These options may include:
1. Kept by the family
2. Burial
3. Scattering
4. Divided between the family members for their personal choice.
Is Embalming Required?

Embalming is performed to disinfect the body and temporarily preserve it for the duration of the funeral. If there is to be a public viewing, embalming will be necessary. If there is to be a direct disposition, then embalming would not be required.

What is the Temperature of Cremation?
The temperature that the cremation process is done at is 1,650 degrees. The cremation roughly takes 2-3 hours.

How Much Cremated Remains Will There Be?
After the cremation process is complete, there is roughly about six pounds of cremated remains that typically fit into a standard urn.
What is the History of Cremation?

The first cremation ceremony in the United States was recorded in 1792. However, the first crematory was not built until 1876. Cremation did not become a part of common practice in the United States until the 1980′s.