Questions about Cremation
How many people choose Cremation?
-Cremation services accounted for 41% of all death services in 2011. That percentage is expected to climb above 55% by 2025.
How do religions feel about cremation?
-Most of the established religions permit cremation. Some have customs and rites that should or must be observed. (click here for guide- to Religious section on site)
Is cremation environmentally friendly?
-Yes. Choosing cremation eliminates a number of processes and elements that are not environmentally friendly; chemicals, larger enclosures take up more natural space and introduce some ecologically unfriendly materials into the soil.
Is embalming required?
-No. Embalming is unnecessary when a direct cremation is the desired disposition. Prior to cremation, the remains are held in a refrigerated environment.
What happens if I am an Organ Donor?
-Monarch Cremation Society will work closely with Tissue Banks. In most cases, organ donations are facilitated at a hospital or medical facility where a death occurs, prior to our transferring the body to our facility for cremation.
Is there a weight limit?
-Our facility can accommodate a weight of up to 700 lbs.
Can I use my social security benefits if I choose cremation?
-Social Security may award death benefits to survivors of deceased workers who were covered by Social Security. Monarch Cremation Society can help with the completion of the forms for submission. Benefit award payment may be delayed for several months.
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How does the cost of cremation compare with typical burial?
-Cremation is a far less costly option than burial entombment. The absence of need for casket, burial vault, and other funeral services eliminate up to 75% or more of the cost in most cases.
What is Pre-Need?
-A Monarch Cremation Society professional can help you enroll in a pre-need cremation plan that allows you to make your own final arrangements in advance. This can ensure your wishes for cremation are carried out and paid for and ease any additional burden to your family further upon your passing.
What is At-Need?
-At-Need means your arrangements are completed at the time of (or immediately after) death.
How can I be sure that my Pre-Need funds will be safe?
-Your money is placed into a separately regulated insurance trust fund, and held and invested according to Illinois state law for future need. Insurance Trust fund reports are filed with the State of Illinois.
Questions About The Cremation Process
What happpens at th time of death?
-If a death occurs at home or at work, first call 911 and notify the emergency personnel of the death. If the death occurs in a medical facility or to a person in Hospice care, the medical personnel will make appropriate arrangements to notifications. After this notification, you may call Monarch Medical Society at 847-671-2041. We can transfer your loved one to our facility from a hospital or hospice care with appropriate documentation provided by the medical providers. We can make the appropriate arrangements to transfer your loved one from any location. Our professionally trained personnel are equipped be there immediately for transfer to our climate controlled facility for proper care until we meet and make arrangements for the final disposition of cremation. By calling us immediately after contacting emergency personnel, we not only safeguard the privacy and dignity of your loved one, but also eliminate any additional charges associated with other providers leading to more than one transfer of the body or your loved one. Our service begins with that initial call whether this is a pre-need or at-need arrangement.
Can my family view my body without embalming?
-Yes, the immediate family members can view the deceased prior to cremation in our viewing room.
How will I be Cremated?
-Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments (known as ashes) using high heat and flame. The deceased is placed in a cremation chamber in a combustible container. All organic matter is consumed by heat and evaporation within approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. An additional hour is reserved for the cremated remains to cool down. After the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber, any large bone fragments are removed and processed further to reduce their size to uniform particles (ashes).
Can my ashes be separated for family members?
-Yes, as long as there are separate cremation urns or containers to put the ashes in.
What guarantee is there that my family receives my cremated ashes?
-We adhere to the strictest identification guidelines in the industry to minimize any possible chance of human error. To reassure our clients, the entire cremation process is monitored by closed circuit video. Additionally, a numbered metal disc is assigned to the deceased and accompanies the body throughout the cremation process. The disc stays with the cremated remains as they are placed in a temporary container, awaiting final disposition by us or by the family.