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Cremation Q&A

Serving Dane County since 1922.

Questions about the Cremation Process

To help you understand more about the cremation process, we have provided some information that will answer some of your questions.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.


Q: Who owns the crematory?
  Capital Cremation Services which is owned by the Gunderson family.
Where is it located?
  Gunderson Stoughton Funeral Home.
When can I visit it?
  Anytime, please call 873-4590 to schedule a visit.
What is cremation?
  Cremation is a process in which the human body is reduced to bone fragments with the use of intense heat. It can take between two and three hours at a normal operating temperature (1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F) for an average size adult to be cremated.
How much time does it take to complete a cremation?
  Since we operate our own crematory, we are able to serve you more quickly- usually within 1-3 business days of your authorization and the County's issuance of a permit.
What are the options with the cremated remains?

There are many different options families have with their loved one’s cremated remains. Some choose to bury the remains in a cemetery, place them in an indoor or outdoor mausoleum or columbarium, keep them at home, or scatter them at a place that was special to their loved one. Others decide to put a small amount of the remains inside a keepsake urn, pendent or jewelry. Today, cremated remains can even become part of an ocean reef.

Are we permitted by law to scatter cremated remains?

Though there are currently no state laws which prohibit the scattering of cremated remains, local ordinances and in some cases, certain religious customs will dictate where cremated remains may be scattered. 

Q: In what kind of container are the cremated remains returned? Do I have to purchase an urn?
  You are not required to purchase an urn. Many families choose urns to place their loved one’s cremated remains in for memorial services or that will be interred in a cemetery, and some choose to keep the urn at their home. If you do not wish to  purchase an urn, the cremated remains will be returned in a sealed plastic bag that is placed in a temporary plastic holding container.

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Concerns about Cremation

Q: Are there laws governing cremation?
  Yes, cremation regulations vary from state-to-state. For example, only one cremation can be performed in a crematory at a time. Our staff can inform you of these regulations.
Can the family witness the cremation?
  Yes. For those family members that wish to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber, they are more than welcome to do so.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
  Gunderson Funeral Home adheres to strict policies and procedures throughout the cremation process.  Positive identification of the deceased is assured during all stages of the cremation process. Our certified staff is trained and committed to our high standards.

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Q: Is a casket needed for cremation?
  A casket is not required for cremation; however, it is required by Gunderson Funeral Home for a  body to be placed in a rigid container.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
  Embalming is not required for cremation.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
  The immediate family members may view the deceased without embalming, however, under certain circumstances, such as a visitation with an open casket, embalming may be required.