Frequently Asked Questions

What is Direct Cremation?
With Direct Cremation, the body is cremated in the days immediately following death, without embalming, viewing, or visitation.

The Halo Direct Cremation package includes the services of a licensed funeral director, retrieval and care of your loved one, filing of all necessary paperwork, a private cremation, and the return of remains in a temporary container.
How common is cremation?
The number of cremations in the United States has steadily risen from about 15% of deaths in the mid-90s to almost 50 percent in 2015, and are projected to increase to almost 55% in 2020. Cremation is often chosen because it’s simpler and more economical, allows more flexibility in funeral and memorial services or uses less of our land resources than traditional earth burial.
Do you offer services other than Direct Cremation?
Yes, we offer other packages which include more services like embalming, rental caskets, memorial services, and more. Take a look at our packages here:

Who is authorized to make arrangements for cremation?
The next of kin of the deceased is determined differently, depending on state laws and regulations. Click below to read how to determine next of kin in Indiana and Kentucky:

What can I do with the remains?
You have a wide range of choices. They can be put in a niche in a columbarium, buried, scattered, or kept by the family. Cremated remains might be divided among family members to be kept, scattered or buried in several different places (i.e. with a first and second spouse). The remains are sterile and pose no health hazard. In Indiana and Kentucky, their disposition is regulated by law:

Indiana Regulations for Disposition of Remains:
“Indiana law states that cremains may be scattered in a designated “scattering area” such as a peaceful garden space set aside in a cemetery, or on the private property of the person with legal authority to hold the cremains – usually the next of kin. Rules for scattering ashes in Indiana also allow for their disposition on other private property if the property owner consents. Ashes can also be scattered on uninhabited public land and in public waterways, with certain limitations. Before scattering ashes on public land, it is best to check with the governing authority to learn of any restrictions or special conditions or permits. This is also good practice for scattering cremains on public Indiana waterways. The State of Indiana is supposed to be notified within 10 days of ashes being scattered. This is the responsibility of the property owner where the ashes were scattered. (The form is described in Indiana Code 16-37-3.)”

Kentucky Regulations for Disposition of Remains:
Cremated remains shall be disposed of by placing them in a grave, crypt, or niche; by scattering them in a scattering area; or in any manner on the private property of a consenting owner. The crematory authority or funeral director as defined in KRS 316.010 may deliver, either in person or by a method that has an internal tracking system that provides a receipt signed by the person accepting delivery, the cremated remains to the designated individual specified on the cremation authorization form. Upon receipt of the cremated remains, the individual receiving them may keep or transport them in any manner in this Commonwealth without a permit. After delivery, the crematory authority or funeral home shall be discharged from any legal obligation or liability concerning the cremated remains relative to disposition.
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