We understand that making funeral arrangements, whether it’s for a pre-need or at-need situation, can be a very stressful and emotional process so we work hard to make the experience as simple, straightforward and stress-free as possible. We pride ourselves by not being a traditional funeral home. Here is what you can expect.
Upon notification of the passing of a loved one, we here at Hughes Funeral Alternatives, LLC will:
Respond - We will immediately respond, no matter the time of day, and bring your loved one into our care.
Coordinate - We will meet with your family and coordinate a funeral, memorial service, and all necessary administrative documents.
Flameless Cremation - The flameless cremation process will take place at our on-site facility. Your loved one will never leave our care.
Deliver - We will deliver the urn to the family’s desired location (church, cemetery, residence, etc.).
Along with these services, Hughes Funeral Alternatives will notify social security of your loved one’s passing and deliver the certified copies of the death certificate(s).
We also specialize in anatomical donation to one of three medical schools located in the St. Louis area.
Flameless cremation or anatomical donation services can be pre-arranged, please contact us for more details.
THE FLAMELESS CREMATION PROCESS
Flameless Cremation, scientifically known as Alkaline Hydrolysis, is a natural, gentle, and eco-friendly alternative to fire based cremation. The process uses WATER as opposed to fire. By using a combination of 95% water and 5% alkalinity, Flameless Cremation mimics the same natural break down of a body if it were to be laid to rest directly in the soil, only accelerated. The following information is a brief description of what happens during the Flameless Cremation process.
During the Flameless Cremation process, a body is gently placed in a container which is then placed in a clean stainless steel vessel. A combination of warm water flow and alkalinity are used to accelerate the natural process of tissue hydrolysis and return the body back to nature.
At the end of the Flameless Cremation process, just like fire-based cremation, the only solid that remains is mineral bone (calcium phosphate) which is then processed and placed in an urn to be given back to the family. However, unlike fire-based cremation, the mineral bone ash from Flameless Cremation is clean and lighter in color because it is without carbon discoloration. The mineral bone ash is 100% safe; pathogen and disease free.
If an individual has metal medical devices, such pacemakers or medical implants, those are recovered for recycling after the Flameless Cremation process has taken place.
Flameless Cremation is offered by funeral homes all across the United States, Canada, and Europe. It is even used by medical schools for individuals who have been donated to science, including the world renowned Mayo Clinic.
With new options we understand that there are questions that you may have about the Flameless Cremation process. By reading our Advantages/Frequently Asked Questions we hope your questions are answered. We also hope that clarification is made concerning some common misconceptions about the process as well.
We want you to be 100% sure of any decision that is made when making funeral arrangements. If you have any questions, at any time, please reach out and let us know.