Cremation Services and FAQ'S


What is cremation?  
The cremation of a deceased body is carried out at a temperature ranging between 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. This degree of heat helps reduce the body to its basic elements and dried bone fragments. Cremation is the use of high-temperature burning, vaporization, and oxidation to reduce dead human bodies to basic chemical compounds, such as gases and mineral fragments retaining the appearance of dry bone

Why cremate?  For many reasons, one being affordability, as cremation is often more inexpensive when choosing between a cremation or a traditional full-body burial.  Another reason is that you also have the option and choice of keeping the remains of your loved one's in an urn instead of purchasing a casket and burying your love one in the ground.  Also, we are more transient than we used to be.  Cremation allows us to take the cremated remains with us wherever we go.  

What we offer in our cremation packages: The warmhearted and professional services of our funeral home staff and funeral director. Professional services which include transfer of the body to our funeral home into our care, funeral counseling, necessary arrangements, recording vital statistics, securing permits, filing and obtaining death certificates and other forms and claims, preparation of necessary notices, coordination of service plans with parties involved in the final disposition of the deceased, an alternative cremation container as well as the actual process of performing the cremation.

Can I still have a traditional funeral service or memorial followed by a cremation?  Cremation may follow a traditional funeral service or happen before a memorial service.  You can also choose to have a traditional casket service before the actual cremation process occurs.  

Where can we store or scatter cremated remains in the state of Florida?  
If it's private property, then you must obtain permission from the landowner before scattering the remains of your loved one.  Typically, in public spaces like theme parks and sports facilities, they do not allow the scattering of remains.  National parks often require a permit for the scattering of remains. The cremated remains must be finely pulverized and widely scattered. Remains generally shouldn't be scattered within 100 yards of a public road.  A ship or a plane must be at least three nautical miles from shore.  Also, scatterings should be reported to the EPA within 30 days.

What else can I do with my loved one's remains?  We can have them inurned here in our cemetery or you can keep them at home in an urn or divide up your loved ones remains in keepsakes.  It is common for families to keep loved ones remains and choose an urn of their choice in which their loved one's remains are then transferred into the urn and then sealed.  

What are the laws for the state of Florida in reference to cremation:  The cremation may not proceed until at least 48 hours has elapsed from time of death.  The attending physician must sign the death certificate and the medical examiner must approve of the cremation.  A cremation may not be performed until a legally authorized give written authorization for such cremation.


If you do indeed decide to be cremated following your death, then we recommend that you make your request in writing and provide copies of your instruction to relatives.  Pre-Arranging the cremation is very helpful for your loved ones as it is both cost-effective and offers a peace of mind that your loved ones are in fact carrying out your final wishes.

To learn more about our process of cremation, please contact us by either calling us at 941-639-1171, visiting out website at www.charlottememorial.com or by stopping by our office located at 9400 Indian Springs Cemetery Road, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33950