No. If you’ve decided on a service that will include a viewing, you can buy a casket, or you can rent one. All you need for cremation is a container that’s made of wood and fiberboard – that’s because it’s needed to place the deceased in the crematory.
It’s up to you. Some people choose to bury the urn in a cemetery and erect a marker. Others place the urn in a columbarium. You might also choose to open the urn in a place that had meaning for your loved one and scatter the ashes. If you prefer, you can take the urn home and keep your loved one with you. The options are endless, and if you’re at a loss as to what to do, we’d be more than happy to talk with you for as long as you need in order to help you come to a resolution.
In most cases embalming won’t be required. In fact, some religions specifically prohibit embalming. If you choose a service that involves viewing, however, embalming may be a requirement.
Hutchison Funeral Home can provide you with the marker or monument that best honors your loved one, subject to individual cemetery requirements. We have contacts with all cemeteries in the Detroit area, so if you’re in doubt, get in touch with us, and we can tell you what your particular cemetery permits.
We are proud to be family owned for over 35 years. Two generations of the Hutchison family have served our community in Detroit as funeral service leaders. As a locally-owned family funeral home, we answer to our client families, not a conglomerate in another state. When choosing a funeral home, an important question to ask is: who owns the funeral home?
Although the state of Michigan does not require a burial vault, most cemeteries in Michigan do require some sort of outer burial container. The outer burial vault prevents the grave from collapsing and if sealed can protect the casket.