Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Historic Elmwood Cemetery & Foundation

Where Detroit's History Endures


The options for handling your cremated remains are many. You may decide to be embalmed and have a casket, full service and viewing hours with cremation being performed after a funeral service. You may choose to have your remains scattered or placed in an urn of your choosing for burial in a traditional plot or placement in a mausoleum niche.

The simplicity, dignity and affordability of cremation has made it a popular choice among followers of most faiths. Available both inside and outside our Mausoleum Plaza Complex, niches are fronted with either elegant Rose marble or granite. Both individual and companion niches are available throughout the Plaza.

Cremated remains may also be buried in a family lot, or in any private lot throughout our cemetery. Cenotaph plaques, memorializing loved ones whose remains are located elsewhere, are also available on family lots.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cremation?
Cremation involves placing the deceased in a special chamber in a building called a crematorium and incinerating the body at high temperatures for several hours until it is reduced to a fine white powder. Because of its simplicity, dignity and affordability, cremation is the most popular option to the traditional funeral and burial.

How Prevalent is it?
Cremation has seen a steady rise in acceptance in the US over the past four decades among people of all backgrounds and faiths. In 1960 cremation accounted for less than 4% of American final arrangements, but today the rate is over 25%. By the year 2010 cremation will account for 40% of arrangements.

Do I Need a Casket if I'm Being Cremated?
With cremation, neither a casket nor embalming is generally required. However, you can always choose to be embalmed, and have a casket, full service and viewing hours. Cremation can be performed without a service or done before or after a funeral service. Cremated remains may be scattered, kept at home, buried in a cemetery, or kept in a columbarium, a structure containing niches into which urns are placed.

Why is Cremation Becoming More Popular?
One factor is our increased mobility. People often live away from family and would prefer to have their remains “closer to home,” where they have a stronger attachment, and where family and friends may visit. Many retirees who don't feel a strong attachment to Florida, for example, would just as soon reside in an easy-to-ship, easy-to-store urn back in Michigan. The options with cremation are also continually expanding. Perhaps a person would like to be remembered in two places at once, or have their remains encased in molten glass objets d'art, or crafted into jewelry. Some people are even having their cremated remains launched into space. Literally, the sky's the limit.

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