Forest City Crematory in partnership with DeJohn Funeral Homes is one of the only funeral homes in Lake County that has its own on-site crematory. This enables us to be able to control the process of cremation from start to finish. Our crematory staff is professionally trained by the manufacturer and handles each cremation with the utmost care. All of this gives our families peace of mind knowing their loved one never leaves our care. You are even able to view the beginning of the cremation if this is what you choose to do.
With our crematory on-site, we are able to offer services with immediate access to the crematory. Families are able to witness the beginning of the cremation process here at our funeral home, even when a funeral service is not selected.
Throughout history, many cultures have chosen cremation as a method of caring for the dead. In fact, cremation is still a time honored tradition in many European and Eastern countries. The number of Americans choosing cremation has increased significantly over the past decade. Cremation is simply the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through intense heat.
With every cremation there will be two selections that need to be made. The first is what the deceased will be placed in prior to the cremation; this is in lieu of a burial casket. We have a variety of cremation caskets to choose from, which look very similar to burial caskets but are constructed differently for cremation, and an alternative container that may be considered. Our crematorium requires the minimum of an alternative container. Whatever is selected is what the family will view their loved one in prior to the cremation.
The second selection is what the cremated remains will be placed in after the cremation. We carry a wide variety of urns that are constructed for permanent memorialization and a variety of urns for temporary memorialization prior to scattering. Urns are constructed of metal, stone, wood, ceramics and biodegradable materials. Many of the urns may be personalized. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary container constructed of cardboard.