Massachusetts law prohibits funeral homes from operating their own crematories. The funeral homes in western Massachusetts use a variety of crematories, including some in central MA (Worcester County). See list below.

Disclaimer: no endorsements are implied by inclusion on this FCAWM list. 

  • Hillcrest Park Cemetery & Crematory, 895 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129, (413) 782-2311 
  • Pittsfield Cemetery & Crematory, 203 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 447-7953 
  • Springfield Cemetery & Crematory, 171 Maple Street, Springfield, MA 01105 (413) 732-0712
  • All Faiths Cemetery & Crematory, 7 Island Road, Worcester, MA 01603, (508) 753-8842
  • Rural Cemetery & Crematory, 180 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605, (508) 754-1313 

All three Western Massachusetts crematories are within cemeteries, and normally require that the consumer utilize the services of a funeral home to (minimally) pick up the body, complete the necessary paperwork, and arrange for transport of the body to the crematory.

Even though all necessary arrangements can be made through a chosen funeral home, you may benefit by contacting the crematory directly (and visiting it in person) to learn what options are available at the crematory and cemetery; and to discuss any associated charges.

Berkshire County residents may use the Cremation Society of Vermont, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201, (800) 244-9585. They are willing to work directly with families. See their website for options and VT prices; some extra fees apply for Massachusetts (e.g., the Medical Examiner’s fee in MA is $175 more than the fee in VT).

Please read our handout The Cremation Option in Western Massachusetts (pdf) 

Also, see the brief video “Cremations 101” made by Joshua Slocum, Exec. Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, in December 2019. 

When dealing with the funeral home, be sure you know whether the payment to the funeral home for arranging a "cremation" does or, more often - does not, include:

  • Medical Examiner Fee -  $200. (The crematory will arrange for the medical examiner who must view the body before it can be cremated.)
  • Crematory and Cemetery Fees - cremation-related charges and any additional options chosen for storing, burying, or scattering the ashes at the cemetery. Unless you have made other - optional - arrangements, the ashes are returned to the consumer. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health imposes "no restriction as to the disposition of ashes." The consumer is free to keep the ashes, to bury the ashes, or to scatter the ashes anywhere (subject to the usual laws prohibiting trespass on private property without permission or on public properties so posted).

[12/2015 notice: The former Eternal Blessings crematory (Guilford VT), which used to serve western MA, is no longer in business. See Sandy’s 2016 blog entry about cremation and the loss of this option.]

2018 note: Two Boston-area companies serve all of Massachusetts, and post their prices clearly online. They are funeral homes, not crematories, but they include the cost of the crematory in their simple packages, easy for families to understand. It is worth comparing these offers to the prices charged by local funeral homes.

2019 note: one western Massachusetts funeral home charges less than $1000 for cremation (lower than those Boston services): See Hampshire County Cremation offered by the Williamsburg Funeral Home. Although that price doesn’t include the Medical Examiner’s fee or the crematory fee, the total is in the range of those Boston offers.