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Cremation Services

Everything you need to know about cremation in Lafayette, LA.

Cremation Lafayette LA

Cremation Services in Lafayette, Louisiana

In the heart of Acadiana, Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services in Lafayette, Louisiana offers a dignified and compassionate farewell to those who have passed. Our dedicated professionals understand that the decision to choose cremation is a personal one and can be influenced by many factors, including philosophical beliefs, environmental concerns, or the wishes of the deceased.

Lafayette, Louisiana, with its rich cultural tapestry and deep-rooted traditions, provides a unique backdrop for honoring the memory of your loved ones. At Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services, we respect the diverse needs of our community and offer a range of personalized services to ensure that your loved one's legacy is remembered in a way that is meaningful to you and your family.

Whether you are pre-planning for yourself or arranging a service for a loved one, our compassionate staff is here to guide you through every step of the process. We offer a variety of cremation options, from direct cremation without a memorial service to full funeral services preceding the cremation. Our state-of-the-art facility ensures that every cremation is conducted with respect and care, adhering to the highest standards of professionalism and Louisiana state regulations.

We also provide assistance with the selection of urns, keepsakes, and other memorial products, as well as guidance on the many choices available for the final disposition of cremated remains. Whether you choose to scatter the ashes in a place that was special to your loved one, inter them in a local cemetery, or keep them close in a beautiful urn, we are here to help you make the decision that feels right for you.

At Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services, we believe in celebrating life and honoring the journey of the departed. We are committed to providing support and comfort to our families during this difficult time, ensuring that the process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Let us help you create a heartfelt tribute that reflects the unique life of your loved one. Contact us today to learn more about our cremation services in Lafayette, Louisiana.

How Much Does A Direct Cremation Cost?

We understand that the period following the loss of a loved one is a time of many emotions and decisions. It's a moment when clarity and simplicity are not just appreciated but needed. We believe in transparency, especially when it comes to the cost of cremation. At Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services in Lafayette, LA, our direct cremation service is offered at $1,350, with the assurance that there are no hidden fees or unexpected expenses. We want to provide you with a straightforward and affordable option, allowing you to focus on what truly matters—honoring the memory of your loved one and beginning the healing process. Our compassionate team is here to support you, ensuring that the arrangements are handled with care and respect, reflecting the trust you've placed in us at Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services.

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Can We Have A Funeral Service If We Choose Cremation?"

Absolutely, choosing cremation does not mean you must forgo the time-honored tradition of a funeral or memorial service. At Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services in Lafayette, Louisiana, we deeply understand the need for a space to come together, to share grief, and to celebrate a life that meant so much. Whether you wish to hold a service before the cremation, providing a chance for loved ones to say their final goodbyes, or prefer a memorial service after, perhaps with the urn present, we are here to accommodate your needs. Each service can be personalized to reflect the unique life of your loved one, ensuring that the ceremony is as special and individual as the person it honors. We stand ready to support you in creating a meaningful tribute, allowing friends and family the opportunity to gather, reflect, and find comfort in each other during this pivotal moment of farewell.

Can I Personalize The Cremation Service?

At Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services, we recognize that every life is unique and deserves to be celebrated in a manner that is as distinctive as the individual themselves. Personalizing a cremation service can be a deeply therapeutic act, a way to express love, respect, and the essence of the person you're remembering. We warmly encourage families to bring forward personal touches—perhaps a selection of favorite photographs, a video montage of cherished moments, the gentle strains of a beloved melody, or treasured mementos that speak to the heart of who they were. These elements weave together to tell a story, your loved one's story, in a service that resonates with personal significance. Our compassionate team at Colligan Crematory & Funeral Services is here to guide you through the process, ensuring that your wishes—and those of your loved one—are honored in every detail, creating a farewell that is as memorable and meaningful as the life it commemorates.

Are there vaults for cremated remains?

Yes, we offer urn vaults, designed for in-ground burial of cremated remains. We have a wide selection available, so we are sure we can help you find a beautiful option that is a good fit for your taste and preferences.

Can two cremations be performed at once?

No. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult.

Can the family witness the cremation?

At many crematories, yes. The cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom. As anything, this is a personal choice on whether you want to witness this event.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation

  1. What is cremation?

    • Cremation is the process of reducing a body to ashes using high-temperature burning, vaporization, and oxidation.
  2. How long does the cremation process take?

    • The cremation process typically takes 2 to 3 hours at a temperature between 1,400 and 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Is a casket needed for cremation?

    • A casket is not required for cremation. Most crematories require the body to be cremated in a combustible, rigid, covered container. This can be a traditional casket or a simple wooden box or even a cardboard box designed for this purpose.
  4. Can the family witness the cremation?

    • Many crematories allow family members to be present during the cremation if they wish to say final goodbyes.
  5. What happens to the ashes after cremation?

    • After cremation, the remains, often called "ashes," are returned to the family in an urn or another container of their choice. The family can keep the ashes, scatter them, or bury them.
  6. Can we have a funeral service if we choose cremation?

    • Yes, a funeral or memorial service can be held before or after the cremation process.
  7. Is cremation less expensive than burial?

    • Cremation is generally less expensive than a traditional burial because it does not require a burial plot or a headstone.
  8. Is embalming required for cremation?

    • Embalming is not required for cremation unless there is a public viewing or a delay in the cremation process.
  9. Can multiple cremations be performed at once?

    • No, laws and regulations typically require that each cremation be performed individually.
  10. What can be done with the ashes after cremation?

    • Ashes can be kept in an urn, scattered in a meaningful place, buried in a cemetery, or incorporated into jewelry or art.
  11. Are all the ashes returned to the family?

    • Yes, all identifiable remains are collected and returned to the family, although there may be some minute particles that cannot be retrieved from the cremation chamber.
  12. How do I know the ashes I receive are those of my loved one?

    • Crematories follow strict protocols to ensure the integrity of the cremation process, including identification procedures and chain of custody documentation.
  13. Can I personalize the cremation service?

    • Absolutely, many families choose to personalize the cremation service with photos, videos, music, and mementos.
  14. What are the environmental impacts of cremation?

    • Cremation uses fossil fuels and releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. However, it is considered more environmentally friendly than traditional burial due to the lack of land use and embalming chemicals.
  15. Are there any religions that do not allow cremation?

    • Certain religions, such as Orthodox Judaism, Islam, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity, traditionally do not allow cremation, while others have specific guidelines that must be followed.

Remember that specific practices and regulations can vary by region and crematory, so it's always best to consult with a local funeral director or crematory for the most accurate information.