Cremation and Funerals

The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition and remains largely unchanged. Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices. Cremation is a process performed in a respectful and dignified manner and the deceased can be memorialized in many ways. Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor requires a funeral service. A funeral or memorial service with cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by traditional burial if you choose.

You can rest assured that your loved one will never leave the care and custody of Roper & Sons. All cremations take place at our O Street campus.

Cremation FAQs

Many people have questions about cremation. The following information is designed to help answer some of them. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us directly at 402-476-1225 or email
Cremation Terms

Cremains – Cremains – Commonly called “ashes”, are what remain after the cremation of a body.

Urn – The container that holds the cremains. Can be simple or elaborate, or anywhere in between.

Inurnment – Placing the cremains into an urn.

Scattering – Spreading the cremains over an area of land or water.

What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing human remains to bone fragments and ashes.

Why Choose Cremation

The reasons people choose cremation vary widely, from environmental, to spiritual, economic, or simplicity. The ease and affordability of cremation can be attractive to families who are mourning.

Can the Body be Viewed Before Cremation?

Bodies can be viewed briefly before cremation, or traditional viewing is possible if the body is embalmed.

Is a Casket required for Cremation?

The cremation process can be done with or without a casket. All that is required is some type of container made of wood or cardboard which can be cremated with the body.

Can Cremation be Witnessed by Family Members?

We will allow family members to witness the cremation, if you wish, or if your cultural traditions include it. Our facility and staff are professionals and give the utmost respect to the deceased and their loved ones.

Is it Possible to Bring Urns into a Church?

Most churches will allow an urn in the church for a memorial service, but we advise consulting with the church first.

What can be Done With the Cremains?

There are a variety of alternatives concerning the disposition of the cremains depending on the local laws. Cremains can be buried in a cemetery or inurned in a columbarium. Most states, including Nebraska, allow you to keep the cremains in your home or to be scattered in approved locations.

Do Most Funeral Homes Have a Crematory?

In Lincoln, there are only three cremation facilities, one of which is at Roper & Sons Funeral Home. In many cases, other funeral homes sub-contract cremation services, with the family paying a fee for transporting the body.

What do Cremains Look Like?

After the cremation process the cremains are similar to coarse, light gray sand and weigh between four to six pounds for an average size adult.

Is Mixing (Commingling) of the Cremains Possible?

It is illegal to cremate two bodies at the same time and most cremation chambers are built for only one adult, minimizing the chances for commingling. Roper & Sons Funeral Home has developed a strict, comprehensive procedure for cremation that ensures the correct cremains are returned to your family.

Is an Urn Required?

Some type of container is required. We have a variety of urns available, or one may be provided by the family.

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