The selection of a crematory is as significant as choosing a funeral home or cemetery. The way in which a loved one is cared for during the cremation process is extremely important, and there is a difference in the level of care provided by each service. Southern Michigan Services in Royal Oak is the finest stand-alone cremation facility in the Detroit Metropolitan area and is the only crematory available seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Owners Jason and Joe Santeiu are brothers who have been involved in the death care industry their entire lives. Their goal was to create a welcoming facility to serve families with professional and empathic cremation services. Southern Michigan services is managed by a licensed funeral director and staffed by individuals with years of experience in death care.
Our building was designed to accommodate those who wish to attend the cremation of their loved one. Southern Michigan Services is barrier free and comfortable, including a warm and inviting lobby and witness area for families.
Cremation has increasingly grown in popularity throughout the United States. Rather than minimizing options for memorialization, cremation provides a multitude of opportunities for unique remembrance services and ways in which to honor a loved one. Your funeral professional can guide you through those decisions, while Southern Michigan Services stands ready to provide first-class, compassionate cremation services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I contact Southern Michigan Services directly to arrange for a cremation?
No. In the State of Michigan, it is required that a licensed funeral home be involved in arrangements regarding a deceased individual. A crematory is not allowed to deal directly with a family to arrange for services.
Can family members witness a cremation?
Yes. This request should be discussed at the arrangement conference with your funeral director so a date and time can be scheduled. Southern Michigan Services has created a comfortable environment in which to witness a cremation if a family so desires.
How hot does the cremation chamber get?
The temperature can reach between 1500 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
How can I be sure I’m receiving my loved one’s cremated remains back?
There are certain procedures that all crematories must follow. All necessary paperwork and fees must be completed with local authorities, checklist at the crematory has been completed and a metal disk with a unique ID number accompanies the remains from the time the body is received, throughout the cremation process and is attached to cremated remains bag.
Can you test cremated remains for DNA?
DNA is destroyed during the cremation process. At this time there is no accurate testing of DNA in cremated remains.
What happens to things that don’t burn such as dental gold?
Materials that aren’t consumed by the cremation process are removed and discarded so the bone fragments can be mechanically processed (pulverized) to fit into an urn.
What can I do with the cremated remains?
You can keep the cremated remains in your possession, scatter where allowed, bury in a cemetery or place in a mausoleum. A portion of the cremated remains may be kept as a remembrance usually in a mini urn or keepsake jewelry. Your funeral director will have memorial product options for you to consider.
How much do cremated remains weigh?
Usually 4 to 6 pounds not including the weight of an urn.
How big of an urn do I need for cremated remains?
The recommended size of an adult urn is 200 cubic inches or larger.
Can I fly with cremated remains?
Containers that can be viewed through x-ray machines would best be made of wood, plastic or non-lead lined ceramic so the screener can clearly see what’s inside. Under NO circumstances will a screener open the container.
Does my religion allow cremation?
Cremation is accepted among almost all religions. If you are uncertain whether cremation is compatible with your religious beliefs, your funeral director will be able to provide guidance.
4839 Fernlee Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan. 48073
4900 Fernlee Avenue
Royal Oak, Michigan. 48073