If you have lost a loved one, our sincerest condolences to you.

Affordable Cremation & Burial can provide you cremation or funeral services.

Call (218) 491-7011, a funeral director is available 24/7.

The following information is meant to provide you with a glimpse of the decisions you will be faced with when engaged with a funeral establishment in caring for a deceased human body. A better understanding of this process will empower you. If you have the time to read more, there is also an excellent publication called ‘Choices’, that is published by the MN Dept. of Health, available ***here***.

Someone has died…

  • The next of kin decides what funeral establishment to use.

When the family is ready to release the individual, a funeral establishment is called to get the body.

If not under medical supervision (person is found, or unexpected death), then the Medical Examiner or Coroner can take the body until the cause of death is determined. An autopsy may be ordered. When investigation is complete, the body can be released to a funeral establishment.

After choosing a mortuary, a licensed mortician will transport the body, schedule an arrangement time with you to organize the details, and embalm the body (if that is your desire).

  • The next of kin will decide if the body is to be embalmed

Embalming is not a requirement for service, but may be necessary in the following circumstance:

  • if the body is to be transported by public transportation
  • if final disposition will not be accomplished within 72 hours after death
  • if the body will be viewed publicly

Embalming is a chemical method of preserving a dead human body. It delays decay and grants time, and is equal parts art and science. Once completed, a funeral can be held at a future time of your choosing.

Seeing the body is a chance for the public to pay tribute to the person one last time. A funeral ritual can strengthen ties with your friends and family, i.e. ‘Grief shared is grief diminished’. It can also grant an understanding that the individual is truly gone, i.e. ‘Seeing is believing’.

In preparation for your arrangement meeting with a licensed funeral director, it is helpful to bring the following items with you;

  • Funeral clothes for the deceased if there is a public viewing
  • Discharge papers (DD214) if the deceased was a veteran
  • A nice photo of the deceased for the obituary, printing folders, and cosmetic purposes
  • Special poems, bible verses, or writings that are meaningful
  • Contact information for the clergy or other special people you would like to participate in the service
  • A preliminary idea of what venue the service will take place at (church, chapel, cemetery, other location)
  • A current list of family members for the obituary

Your family will do the following during the conference;

  • Submit a Death Certificate to the state Department of Health. (Legally report the death)
  • Arrange the disposition of the deceased’s body. (burial, cremation, or entombment)
  • Plan and coordinate a funeral or memorial service if one is desired.
  • Select merchandise to be used for the funeral services.
  • Write an obituary for the newspaper if desired.
  • Sign a contract for funeral services and merchandise.

Expect to sign a contract and pay for services at the arrangement conference.

It is difficult to make these choices if you are unprepared. Choose ahead of time what type of service is right for your family. Your family’s experience will be better for it. Know what is wanted, and what your funeral service provider can do for you. This knowledge helps the decision making process, and avoids unnecessary hardships.

Thank you for reading all of this!