BROOKFIELD, Wis. – As the cremation rate continues to increase, many funeral home owners consider expanding their facilities and adding a crematory, rather than relying on a third-party cremation provider. National Funeral Directors Association’s Cremation Services has released "Opening a Crematory: Frequently Asked Questions for Funeral Professionals." This new resource will help NFDA member funeral home owners discern whether adding a crematory makes good business sense and navigate the challenges of obtaining legal and regulatory approval from local and state officials.
“For some funeral homes, given their current and projected rates of cremation, adding a crematory can be a good investment,” said Mike Nicodemus, NFDA’s vice president of cremation services. “However, the challenges presented by zoning boards and the potential for community opposition can be daunting. The Opening a Crematory guide will help NFDA members understand what a funeral home owner must consider and plan for to be successful in their bid to add a crematory.”
According to Nicodemus, "Opening a Crematory: Frequently Asked Questions for Funeral Professionals" also connects members with other informational resources and cremation experts that can provide individualized assistance to funeral home owners.
"Opening a Crematory" addresses topics such as the factors one should consider when selecting a cremator manufacturer, the initial steps for obtaining zoning approval, environmental approvals and permits, responding to community concerns and maintaining positive relationships with the community after the crematory opens.
A team of cremation experts, which includes Nicodemus; T. Scott Gilligan, NFDA general counsel; Carol Green, NFDA environmental compliance counsel, Dr. Laura Green, environmental scientist and toxicologist; Edward Ranier, NFDA OSHA and labor legal counsel; and Mike Watkins, CFSP, CCO, NFDA senior vice president of operations, developed the guide.
NFDA members can download "Opening a Crematory: Frequently Asked Questions for Funeral Professionals" from the NFDA website, www.nfda.org/tools/cremation (member login required). Members can also call their NFDA member services representative at 800-228-6332 to obtain a copy of "Opening a Crematory."