When a death occurs and cremation has been chosen, the Funeral Home is called by a family member, caregiver, minister, or anyone the family chooses.
"Your loved one never leaves our care."
Once the call is received, the deceased will be removed from the place of death by Funeral Home personnel and taken back to the funeral home. At the Funeral Home, one of our funeral directors will assist the next of kin in making all necessary decisions.
Before the cremation takes place, several documents must be completed by the funeral home, and health professionals. These documents include a signed copy of the death certificate (the death certificate is completed by the funeral home and transported to the Dr. for his signature), a cremation permit (the funeral home completes this form and files it with the Arkansas Department of Health), and the cremation authorization (this document is filled out by the funeral director and signed by the family during the arrangement conference).
Afterwards, the ashes are placed in an urn as selected, and are returned to the family unless other arrangements have been made. It is the recommendation of the funeral home that an urn is purchased to retain the dignity of the cremated remains.
The funeral home will handle the filing of the death certificate and notification of Social Security and the Veterans' Administration (if the deceased was a veteran).
Bishop-Crites Funeral Home & Crematory is a state-of-the-art Cremation Center located in the funeral home. We have complete control of the cremation process.