Cremation services are increasingly becoming one of the most popular options for many people in the Greater Fall River Area because it is oftentimes more affordable and allows more flexibility as to when and where you can hold a service. Many people are surprised to learn that you can still have a traditional funeral service or traditional open casket calling hours before cremation. Cremation also gives you the option to have a memorial service at any time with or without the urn present. It also gives you the option to keep the urn, scatter the ashes or have the urn buried in a grave or columbarium where you can also have a committal service. Whether you choose burial or cremation, we’re here to help you explore all your options and offer you a meaningful ceremony.
The above charges include:
This charge does not include any rites, ceremonies, funeral masses, visitations or burials. It also does not include certified copies of the death certificate, newspaper notices or any other cash advances, other than those that are explicitly stated above. This charge must be paid in full at time of immediate need arrangements. All cremations in Rhode Island are done individually. In Rhode Island, there is a 24 hour waiting period before the cremation can be done (For deaths in Massachusetts there is a 48 hour waiting period). Depending on circumstances, it can take up to 7-10 business days for cremation to be completed.
When it comes to a funeral service, there are typically three components:
The Visitation and Funeral Service are completely optional. The only required part is the Method of Final Disposition, which is typically either burial or cremation.
When it comes to the Visitation and Funeral Service, if you choose to have a traditional service with a casket followed by cremation, you have the option to use a rental casket. The rental casket is oftentimes $1,000-$2,000 cheaper than an equivalent wooden casket and gives you all of the traditional appearance without the price. The inside of the rental casket is removable and functions as a cremation container, which saves you the money of having to buy a separate cremation container (cremation containers are required by state law).
Some of the largest cost savings of cremation come from not having to pay cemetery expenses if you choose not to bury the urn. Massachusetts cemetery expenses to purchase and open a grave can typically range anywhere from $1,000-$5,000. Not to mention the price of the headstone, which can also add thousands.
Cremation is very flexible and allows you to have a traditional funeral service, but also gives you the option to have a wider range of more contemporary services. Some of the more popular services are:
These are just a few examples of the endless possibilities that are available to you when you choose cremation. As always, feel free to call us with any questions you may have on service options and we would be more than happy to answer them.
Just like with any of our traditional services, our staff will be happy to help you with making sure your wishes are carried out. You can even pre-plan your services from the comfort of your own home by filling out our online pre-planning form. We are also available 24 hours a day by telephone or email to answer your questions to schedule an appointment for a free no-obligation consultation.
When a death occurs, the first step you should take is calling us. We will assist you in making arrangements to have your loved one transported to the funeral home and scheduling a time to sit down and make arrangements. After we sit down and decide on the type of cremation service you would like, we will then require you to sign a cremation authorization form and a death certificate verification form. The first form is required by the crematory and the second form is required by the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office.
Next, the Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office requires us to wait 48 hours from the time of death before cremation can occur and will send an agent to view to make sure no suspicious circumstances are surrounding the death. After this, we then transport your loved one to the crematory to be cremated. In Massachusetts, it is illegal for a funeral home to own a crematory, which is why we work with a very reputable family-owned crematory in Rhode Island.
The cremation process in Rhode Island is essentially identical to the one in Massachusetts, except for the fact that the Rhode Island medical examiner only requires a 24-hour hold, which generally allows us to have a quicker turnaround time vs Massachusetts..
After we complete the required paperwork and transport your loved one to the crematory, they are assigned a metal name tag that follows them throughout the entire process. Before the body is placed in the cremation chamber the crematory operator will ensure that there is no pacemaker or any other materials that may damage the retort. By state law, only one body is allowed in the cremation chamber at a time, so you can rest assured knowing that there will be no mix-ups. After the cremation chamber has cooled, the remains are placed in either a temporary container or urn along with the name tag.
Losing my father was heart breaking and planning a funeral was so terribly hard. I am so grateful to have had such amazing people from Oliveira funeral homes to assist my family through this difficult time. I feel like he was treated with such dignity, honor, and respect. Jonathan and the other men who assisted my family through the funeral services showed sympathy and genuinely cared for our loss. I feel like I had support and everything was set up so beautifully for my father. He looked so peaceful. Through the sadness, knowing in my heart that he was truly taken care of to prepare him for our family to see him one last time and his burial brought me some contentment. Thank you Jonathan and everyone who helped my family and I through one of the worst days of our lives. I will forever be grateful.
*Pre-arrangement final expense insurance price quote is for individuals 50 years or younger, who are in good health, based on National Guardian Life rates as of 05/25/2022. Please contact us for a personalized quote.