The cost of funeral processions these days are astronomical. Who knew that ours would turn into a culture of large margin profits in the death care industry? This can feel disheartening. It’s unexplainably overwhelming to be met with only expensive options from which to choose in order to properly lay your loved one to rest.
We empathize. Here at Chicagoland Cremation Options, our personal mission is to provide for the community of Skokie, IL cremation options to the bereaved that are affordable. Obviously, “cremation” is in our name—and, with more than 50% of the American households seeking this option, we want to provide answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is Cremation?
This is the #1 question—even from people who have a general idea of what cremation entails. But, let’s begin with what cremation is not. Cremation is not:
  • The final disposition of the remains
  • A type of funeral service
  • A replacement for other funeral services; i.e.: not “combinable” with other arrangements
Cremation refers only to the process of reducing the human body into bone fragments using high heat and flame. Cremation can be combined with funeral services, burials, last rite rituals, etc.
What Do the Cremated Remains (AKA “Cremains”) Look Like?
Most assume cremated remains look like ashes—because that’s what we colloquially call them. But, cremains don’t actually look like ashes at all. They more resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light gray in color. For an average size adult, the cremains weigh between 4-8 pounds and are mixed with some visible bone fragments. Metal (from clothing, hip joints, bridge work, etc.) are separated from the cremated remains through visual inspection and the use of magnets.
In What Type of Container Does the Deceased’s Remains Need to Go In?
There are no requirements for what you “must” do with the cremated remains. We do, however, offer a selection of permanent urns for you to choose from, or your family may provide/select their own urn/container from elsewhere.
Are There Laws Regarding What Can Be Done with the Cremains?
Each state is different. Here in IL, the law states that you may store cremated ashes in a crypt, grave, or columbarium/niche. For families that wish to scatter the ashes of their loved one, they may legally do so in an established scattering area. Examples:
  • A scattering garden
  • A scattering cemetery
  • On the private property of a consenting owner


With the exception of microscopic particles (which, are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber), all remains are given back to the family. We know how indescribably important the return of the cremated remains is to all involved.
Beyond Burying, Storing in a Niche, and Scattering, What Else Can Be Done with the Ashes?
People can get really creative with what to do with their loved one’s ashes. Here are just a few ideas:
  • Lake Michigan scattering (a Chicagoland Cremation Options service)
  • Eternal reef option (a Chicagoland Cremation Options service)
  • Ash-included diamond creation (a Chicagoland Cremation Options service)
  • Jewelry inclusions
  • Planted as a tree in a biodegradable “pod”
  • Included in an hourglass
  • Released in a helium balloon into the sky
  • Buried at home in a garden or small memorial plot
Can Loved Ones Witness the Cremation?
Yes—but confirm this is an option with the facility you select for cremation. For example, our cremation facility is state-of-the-art and is set up to allow family and loved ones to be present when their loved one’s body is placed in the chamber. This is a wonderful service to those who want to participate and for those whose religious customs necessitate this as part of the death-care ritual.
Can Two Bodies Be Cremated at the Same Time?
No. Never. Cremating two bodies at the same time is illegal.
How Can the Family Be Sure They’ve Received Their Loved One’s Correct Remains?
Not only does federal law mandate strict requirements surrounding cremation procedures, we have also developed additional rigorous policies to protect you from human error regarding your loved one’s remains. Each stage of the cremation process requires positive identification from certified professionals only.
If you have further questions regarding cremations in Skokie, IL that you do not see listed in this article, please do not hesitate to call our kind staff here at Chicagoland Cremation Options at (773) 631-0018 or visit us at 9329 Byron St., Schiller Park, IL 60176. We are honored to serve you and your family.


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