Getting Started with Cremation

Sometimes there are still more questions. It’s always better to have all the answers before making a final decision, particularly when considering cremation.

Contact our Licensed Cremation Professionals for more assistance. There is no cost or obligation.

Sometimes you just want to speak with someone who can help. We’re here for just that and can more thoroughly explain cremation options over the phone or in person. Ask for John Morreale, Joel Schumacher, Jared Oswald or Jennifer Greenberg and let them know you visited


Helpful Documents

We’ve compiled a few resources to help you with your decision. Feel free to download these documents and refer to them at your leisure.

Documents courtesy of Crestwood Cremation and Funeral Services.

Differences when a Death Occurs at Home, Hospice or Assisted Living Facility.

Deaths occurring at home are handled differently than at hospitals where there are always doctors in attendance.

  • When on a hospice program:
    When the death occurs at home, the hospice should be notified immediately. You can request that a nurse be sent to the residence to pronounce the person deceased, although in the 5 Boroughs of NYC, it is not a law or requirement. You should then call your preferred funeral home cremation provider and give the director the name of the person you spoke to at hospice. The funeral director will confirm with hospice that a death certificate will be signed electronically with the NYC Dept. of Health and ask you when you would like them to respond to the residence to remove the deceased into their care. The removal will require two funeral home personnel, one of which must be licensed. Refrigeration might be required if embalming is not requested.
  • When a private physician is in charge:
    The private physician must be called to sign the death certificate. If he is not available, then the death must be reported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner by a police officer of the local precinct. The funeral professional will be able to help coordinate everyone involved in the process.

Note: Deaths occurring by accident, homicide or suicide and some unexpected causes would require a postmortem examination by the Medical Examiners pathologist to ascertain the cause of death.

Would you like information on prearranging a cremation?

Preplanning, essentially the process of planning ahead for a cremation, helps reduce or eliminate indecision and financial burden when death occurs. Preplanned cremation services can be prepaid, if desired, with funds placed in an FDIC insured account and can be Medicaid exempt when needed. Most importantly it will provide comfort to those you leave behind, sparing them from having to face decisions that can be difficult both emotionally and financially.

Prearrangements can be set up in various ways. There are many things to consider.

  • Is the recipient on Medicaid?
    If so, you will be needing an Irrevocable Medicaid Trust set up by your funeral home. This can be done at no charge to you. Medicaid allows the recipients assets to be spent down to fund the cremation expenses.
  • If the recipient is not on Medicaid
    A Revocable Non-Medicaid Preplan should be set up. It can be partially or fully funded according to your personal needs.
  • New York State has strict guidelines that all NYS funeral homes must abide by.
    All monies used for funding must be placed in an individual FDIC insured account. The recipient or representative must receive a 1099 interest statement from the preplan group at the start of each new year showing the interest accrued on the account. Preplan money must be set aside and never be commingled in the funeral homes general checking account.

There are many factors to consider……Call us to speak to our experts for further information and to discuss your specific circumstances. There is no cost or obligation.