Why owning our own Crematory is Important?
Your deceased family member never leaves our care
Here at the Cremation Society of Alaska, we own and operate our own crematory inside our secure facility. It is important to understand that Alaska has no state rules, regulations or guidelines concerning cremation. We adhere to the standards put in place by the Cremation Association of North America and the National Funeral Directors Association. We pride ourselves in being held to a higher standard of serving you and your loved ones. Our staff is the only Certified Cremation Operators in the state of Alaska.
We cremate only one person at a time
It takes more effort to ensure that the cremation is handled with care, dignity, and high standards. All cremations shall be carried out separately to ensure that there is no mixing of the cremains.
Our staff members are certified
We are members of the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to our staff. We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty. All staff involved with cremation shall be competent in the task that they perform and must receive advanced training and continue with furthering their education to better serve our families.
Understanding the cremation process
Cremation is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone by way of heat and flame. We prefer to say "cremated remains" rather than "ashes" because we believe that the term "ashes" can be misleading. Our funeral directors or crematory staff can explain the consistency of cremated remains in as much detail as you prefer. If you are considering scattering we would recommend you ask us to prepare you for what you will see. If the deceased is Jewish, Christian Orthodox, Muslim, or Roman Catholic, you may wish to consult clergy or our staff for guidance. For example, the Catholic Church strongly advocates the presence of the body – not the cremated remains – for the Funeral Mass with cremation to take place later. The Catholic Church does not accept scattering.
Cremation Code of Ethics
It’s important to know your rights and understand the cremation process. Learn more about our commitment to providing the highest standard of care.