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Cremation Services

Contrary to what most people believe, cremation does not limit one's choices. The choice of cremation does not eliminate a funeral service. A funeral service followed by cremation need be no different than a funeral service followed by ground burial. Following the funeral service and cremation, the cremated remains are usually placed in an urn before being committed to a final resting place. The cremation urn may be interred in an existing family burial plot, interred in a special cremation section at a cemetery or placed in an indoor or outdoor cemetery columbarium.

Scattering cremated remains may be done at a designated place on land or water in accordance with state and local laws. Scattering cremated remains on someone's private property requires their permission. It is not recommended to scatter on your personal property (should your home be sold) or on public property where others may come into contact with the cremated remains. For many people, it is important to have a permanent place to go to visit. This allows family and friends the ability to remember and celebrate a life that has been lived and touched others.

Can there be funeral services or ceremonies if cremation is chosen?
Cremation does not limit, but in fact increases the options available. The options for ceremonies prior to or following the cremation can include the selection of a casket or an urn, visitation with the body present (or memorial visitation where the urn is the focal point), a display of photographs or personal effects and awards, the location of the funeral ceremony and selection of music.

Personalized / Unique
All of our services can be customized to meet a family's needs or wishes. Increasingly, we find individuals want to create a memorial that reflects a more personalized and meaningful tribute. Our staff is always available to help you plan and design a memorial that fully reflects your wishes.

A memorial celebrates a life lived, and can take many forms. Whatever your wishes, our staff will be pleased to give you full details about our products and services, and help you make your decision. They will also make sure that any memorial you choose meets all your specifications.

Every funeral service should be a memorable, warm reflection of the person who has died. Many families believe costs may restrict them from planning a fitting tribute.

Photographs, a special song, even a favorite tie or golf clubs, can be incorporated into the funeral service to make it more meaningful. You tell us what it is that made your loved one so special and we'll give you ideas for personalizing the service.


About AEON Cremation Service

As more and more families are choosing to use cremation for the final disposition of their loved ones, these families are also desiring to “bring closure” to the funeral activities by having the interment in conjunction with the services. The installation of a crematory locally allowed burial while still gathered, rather than many days to weeks to months in the future.

AEON Cremation Service is a wholly owned subsidiary of Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Inc. of Bemidji, MN. It began operating Dec. 1, 2001 in conjunction with the Minnesota Dept. of Health issuing a license to operate. This license to operate does not allow the crematory to accept human remains for cremation directly from the public, but only from licensed funeral providers. By state law, only human remains can be cremated in the crematory.

Joseph Waslaski is a Certified Crematory Operator which he has attended a certification seminars sponsored by the Cremation Association of North America. He oversees the funeral home staff involved in the activities of the crematory following procedures learned while becoming certified.

Member of Cremation Association of North America

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3330 Irvine Avenue NW | BEMIDJI, MN 56601 | Phone: (218) 751-3159 | Fax: 218-444-6160 | Email: osfh@paulbunyan.net