The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in recent years. Cremation carries a long tradition throughout history, yet remains largely unchanged. Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat. The bone fragments are then pulverized and reduced to a powder-like substance.

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Contrary to what many believe, cremation is not an alternative to a funeral nor does it limit choices. In fact, cremation increases the options that a family may select. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral followed by burial. It can be elaborate or simple and traditional or nontraditional.

Our cremation center, which is located at our Iowa City location on Kirkwood Avenue, houses our on-site crematory. All cremations take place under the direction of our licensed and trained staff in a dignified and respectful manner. We follow a strict code of ethics. Only one person is cremated at a time and each individual is identified and assigned a tracking number to ensure that you receive your loved one’s cremated remains. Different cultures have ceremonial rituals which precede the placement of the deceased into the crematory.

We are members of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA).

Cremation Service Options

Funeral followed by Cremation Service
A visitation and funeral service may be held for family and friends with cremation to follow. This selection allows those left to grieve a time to say goodbye, yet fulfilling the final desire of the deceased who has selected cremation. We offer both a ceremonial casket (rental) which may be used for the funeral or the family may select to purchase a cremation casket. All cremation oriented caskets are constructed of wood or wood by products which are environmentally friendly. Following the viewing or ceremony, and eventual cremation, the cremated remains can be buried, scattered, or returned to the family for safe keeping. Most common in this area is the burial or inurnment of the cremated remains in a columbarium. Urns, which house the cremated remains, are constructed of semi-precious metals such, as bronze, marble, ceramics, woods or bio-degradable materials.

Memorial Service or Commemorative Gathering
Most often the term “memorial service” would indicate that the burial or cremation has taken place prior to the service. The presence of an individual’s cremated remains at such a service does provide an appropriate focal point for attendees. Certain religious denominations however use the term “memorial service” only when there is no presence of the body or the cremated remains. A period of visitation may be held before or after the ceremony.

Direct Cremation
The term direct or immediate cremation most often means that the cremation will take place as soon after the death as possible. A formal ceremony may or may not follow the cremation.

Memorialization Options for Cremation

Cremated remains may be safely placed an indoor or outdoor enclosure called a columbarium. A columbarium is divided into smaller compartments called niches. Each niche may house the cremated remains of one or two individuals. In the Iowa City area columbarium may be found at Oakland Cemetery or Memory Gardens. Certain local houses of worship have constructed them on their church grounds for their membership.


Burial of cremated remains into the earth is still the most common form of final disposition. All cemeteries within our local area will inter cremated remains. Each cemetery has their own specific regulations in regard to the number of cremated remains may be buried on one cemetery space. Some cemeteries have burial spaces designated for cremated remains.


Cremated remains may be scattered, however scattering is not allowed on public land or waterways. The cremated remains may be divided with some being scattered and the remainder being interred. Certain religious denominations do not approve of cremated remains being divided.

Cremation Jewelry and More

At Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service we offer a large selection of full size urns and urn burial vaults, small keepsake urns for those wishing to retain a small amount of cremated remains, cremation jewelry and many other options including Memory Glass paperweights and fused glass necklaces.

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