Private Burial Estates

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are your plots more expensive than at some municipal cemeteries?

At Blythefield Memory Gardens, we feel that your final resting place should be place that is treasured for generations to come.  That’s why we spend so much time and money on the upkeep of our grounds.  From meticulously manicured lawns and beautiful flower beds to majestic trees and grand statues, our grounds are unlike any found at a traditional municipal cemetery.

If you want to have a beautiful place to remember those loved ones who have passed, remember, you normally get what you pay for, and cheap is never a good choice.

Why do people select cremation?

The reasons for choosing cremation are as varied and unique as the individuals selecting it. Some choose cremation for geographical considerations, others select cremation for economical or religious beliefs. Cremation for some provides the option of scattering the remains.

Do all religions permit cremation?

Religious positions vary widely regarding cremation. Some religions require it, others disallow or advise against it and others take no position at all.

Can there be services when cremation is chosen?

Yes. Cremation actually provides more flexibility in service options than earth burial. Optional services or ceremonies may precede or follow the actual cremation.

Can we have a viewing?

Yes. Ceremonies, Gatherings, Visitations, Funerals an Memorials all may take place with the body present.

Is viewing important?

Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Many grief specialists believe that viewing is beneficial to the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death and affords the opportunity to say goodbye.

Do we have to buy a casket?

A combustible cremation container must be utilized for cremation. This container can be a cremation casket designed for cremation or a hardwood casket. Different styles are available in various price ranges and are appropriate for viewing or visitation. An alternative cremation container constructed of heavy cardboard is also available.

Is embalming necessary?

Embalming is necessary only if the body is to be transported from the state or should your services include viewing or visitation prior to cremation.

Purchasing an urn?

Once the cremation process has been completed, an urn for permanent containment or scattering urn for dispersing your loved one's ashes, may be selected. Should there be uncertainty regarding the permanent disposition of the ashes, a temporary container may be provided.

Can we divide the ashes among family members?

Yes. We have medium and small urns available to facilitate any specific request.

Are cremations performed individually?

Yes. Only one cremation is preformed at a time.

May we witness the cremation of our loved one?

Yes. You may witness the cremation casket or alternative container with your loved one being placed in the cremation chamber. Arrangements with the crematory must be made in advance.

Is it possible to bury cremated remains on a cemetery property I own?

Many cemeteries allow interring cremated remains in existing space, but regulations cary. Please consult with the cemetery.

What is a columbarium?

A columbarium is a special structure designed specifically for the permanent enclosure of cremated remains. Many types of spaces for memorialization are available. As the size of spaces vary, please verify that the urns you select will fit in the allocated space.

Is it legal to scatter cremated remains?

Regulations regarding the scattering of remains vary from state to state.

Do you offer cremation burials?

Yes, we do offer cremation burials.  In fact, there are few cemetaries in the state that offers the breadth of cremation burial options that we do.  From cremation memorials and monuments to boulders and benches, we are sure to provide a cremation burial option that will be a memorial for you for generations to come.

Do you offer pre-need planning and funeral arrangements?

Yes, we have a dedicated, compassionate team of family counselors that will work with you to design a custom burial solution to meet your unique needs and wishes.

Where are the people interred at your grounds originally from?

The majority of our residents are from the Greater Grand Rapids area and surrounding communities; however, we have residents buried here from as far away as Florida, Arizona, and California.

Do you offer family burial estates?

Yes.  We offer both traditional and cremation burial estates for families.

Where are the cemetery grounds located?

The cemetery grounds are conveniently located in Belmont, Michigan, halfway between Rockford and Grand Rapids, just off Northland Drive.