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Cremation FAQ

At Butler-Volland Cremation Center, we can answer many of your questions about cremation. As a division of Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home, we offer a full array of cremation and life-celebration ceremonies to help families and friends honor the life of their departed loved ones. We are fully committed to providing close personal attention, the highest level of integrity and professionalism, and a desire to meet your exact needs. All faiths are welcome and very effort will be made to make the cremation/funeral services reflect the unique lifestyle and values of the deceased.

Cremation Services

We pledge to do all we can within the realm of dignity and decency to create the service that best celebrate of the unique lifestyle of your departed loved one. Here are a few of our most popular options:

Traditional Funeral with Cremation
Many people prefer to have a traditional public or private viewing preceding the cremation of their loved one. The family may purchase a casket that is specially designed for cremation.

Cremation with Memorial or Life Celebration Service
This option allows for a memorial service with family and friends with the body present. The memorial service may take place at our Cremation Center if it is for an intimate group of approximately 20 people or less. It may take place in the beautiful chapel at Livingston-Butler-Funeral Home, in your local church, or wherever you feel would be most appropriate for you and your family.

Direct Cremation

some families may choose to have our funeral directors take care of the direct cremation and paperwork, and then help with coordinating a private service to be held at a later date.


Butler-Volland Cremation Center offers a wide array of urns from which to choose, from small and simple to ornate works of art.

Cremation is a process of preparing the human body for final disposition. It is a process of reducing the human body to small particles using high heat and flame. During cremation, all soft tissues are vaporized, and the skeletal framework is reduced to fragments. These fragments are further reduced in size through a process called polnerization. Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. Cremated remains weigh between four and eight pounds, and may be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, stored in a columbarium, placed in an urn or keepsake box and kept at home, or scattered. (If you choose to scatter the remains, we'll be happy to explain the regulations in your area.

Across the United States, cremation accounts for about 26% of all disposition services. In some states more than half of all bodies are cremated. In Nebraska, that number is about 20%. Cremation offers flexibility in services and final disposition, and can be less expensive than a casketed burial. Many choose cremation for personal or environmental reasons.

Most religions allow cremation, with the exception of Eastern Orthodox and some fundamentalist Christian denominations, Orthodox Judaism and Islam. Nearly all Protestant churches and most Catholic churches allow for an urn to be present during memorial services, and it can provide a focal point for the service.

For safety reasons, certain precautions must be taken before the cremation process begins. Certain medical devices, like pacemakers and prosthetics, must be removed. You should also tell the funeral director if the deceased was treated with any radioactive devices or medications. Dental metals and joint replacements will not be removed. Any special jewelry or other precious items are best added to the urn or package after cremation has taken place.

Embalming is not necessary before cremation, though it may be required for visitation and viewing. Caskets are not required, but there are combustible cremation caskets available.

An urn is not required by law, but we do recommend one for memorial services and cemetery or columbarium interment. If an urn is not purchased through us, or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.

Absolutely. Cremation does not prevent participation in any traditional funeral rites. You may still have visitations, church services, graveside services - all the funeral procedures we offer for full-body burial.

The flexibility of cremation allows for a variety of meaningful memorials, from traditional bronze monuments and plaques to living memorials like trees and gardens. Garden monuments like birdbaths and sundials that store cremated remains are widely available, as are keepsake jewelry items. Veterans may have their remains interred in any U.S. veterans' cemetery. Remains may be scattered at sea or in other meaningful places. What are the advantages of using Butler Volland for cremation? Since our crematory is located right here in Hastings, we don't have to contract the procedure to a third-party provider. This saves you both transportation costs and needless delays. Remember, your loved one never leaves our care.

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