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.
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.
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- Hillcrest Park Cemetery & Crematory, 895 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129, (413) 782-2311 www.hillcrestparkcemetery.com
- Pittsfield Cemetery & Crematory, 203 Wahconah Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 447-7953 (willing to work directly with families).
- Springfield Cemetery & Crematory, 171 Maple Street, Springfield, MA 01105 (413) 732-0712 www.springfieldcemetery.com/
- All Faiths Cemetery & Crematory, 7 Island Road, Worcester, MA 01603, (508) 753-8842 www.allfaithscem.org/
- Rural Cemetery & Crematory, 180 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605, (508) 754-1313 www.ruralcemetery.com/cremation.html
NOTE for consumers: 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.
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 - presently $100 (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 phone number for Eternal Blessings crematory (Guilford VT) is "not in service." 6/2016 update: We've learned that owner Tom Robinson died in October 2015 and co-owner Jim is no longer living in New England. See Sandy's blog entry about cremation options.]