Cremation Services


Cremation services are becoming more popular, especially in Las Vegas.  While cremation is the final disposition, families have the choice of services prior to a cremation, including a funeral or visitation, or simply a memorial service after the cremation.

Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died.  Cremation is also a less expensive option in comparison to a burial, because no cemetery space is required.  The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or a crematory where through intense heat the body is reduced to bone fragments that are then crushed and pulverized to resemble course sand.  The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 7-8 pounds.  Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.

Cremated remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn.  There are many new and different ways to dispose of ashes today, cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.

Some religions welcome cremation while others forbid it.  The Catholic Church had banned cremation up until 1963, and burial remains the preferred form of disposition today.  In other Christian denominations cremation was historically discouraged but nowadays it is more widely accepted.  In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, while in Islam it is strictly forbidden.  Orthodox Jews also forbid cremation; other sects of Judaism allow cremation, but burial remains the preferred option. 

Cremation FAQ

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.


Can A Funeral Service be Held Prior to a Cremation?

Yes, honoring the deceased with a funeral service is often done prior to a cremation.  In many cases, this allows for the cultural or religious rituals to be performed.  Instead of the deceased being buried after the service, the body would be cremated.  The cremated remains may then be buried, kept, or scattered, depending on customs and tradition.

Is a casket needed for Cremation?

No, a casket is not required.  In Nevada there is a requirement for an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No.  In fact, it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes. At Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services, we require an identification of the deceased prior to a cremation, which is mostly done through a short identification viewing or through a photograph. 

Can the family witness the cremation?

Yes they can; while this is difficult for many to do, some religions include this as part of the funeral custom..

Can an urn be brought into a synagogue or church?

Most synagogues will not allow an urn to be present during the memorial service.  Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service.  Most Catholic Churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. 

What can be done with the cremated remains?

While laws vary state by state, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services utilizes a 35-point cremation checklist in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. 

How long does the actual cremation take?

It all depends on the weight of the individual.  For an average-sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.  The cremated remains make take a few hours to cool after the cremation process.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color.  The remains of an average sized adult usually weighs between 7 and 8 pounds.

Are all the cremated remains returned?

With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law.  However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery.  If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.