The number of people choosing cremation has increased significantly in the past few years, yet cremation carries a long tradition, and remains largely unchanged. Cremation simply expedites the process of reducing a body to bone fragments through application of intense heat.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices.  It is a process which is performed in a respectful and dignified manner and you or your loved one can be memorialized in many ways.

"Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options... "


Cremation and Funerals

Choosing cremation neither eliminates nor requires a funeral service. Traditional or contemporary services are often planned before or after the cremation process. A funeral service followed by cremation may be exactly the same as a funeral service followed by traditional burial.

Cremation FAQs

Many people have questions about cremation. The following information is designed to help answer some of them. If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact us directly at 402-476-1225 or email

What is cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing human remains to bone fragments and ashes.

Why choose cremation?

The reasons people choose cremation vary widely, from environmental, to spiritual, economic, or simplicity. The ease and affordability of cremation can be attractive to families who are mourning.

Can the body be viewed before cremation?

Bodies can be viewed briefly before cremation, or traditional viewing is possible if the body is embalmed. The body does not have to be embalmed if the cremation is initiated within 72 hours of death.

Is a casket required for cremation?

The cremation process can be done with or without a casket. All that is required is some type of container made of wood or cardboard which can be cremated with the body.

Can the cremation be witnessed by family members?

We will allow family members to witness the cremation, if the family wishes. Our facility and staff are professionals and give the utmost respect to the deceased and their loved ones.

Is it possible to bring urns into a church?

Most churches will allow an urn in the church for a memorial service, but we advise consulting with the church first.

What can be done with the cremains?

There are a variety of alternatives concerning disposition of the cremains depending on the local laws. Cremains can be buried in a cemetery or inurned in a columbarium. Most states, including Nebraska, allow you to keep the cremains in your home or to be scattered in approved locations.

Do most funeral homes have a crematory?

In Lincoln, there are only three cremation facilities, one of which is at Roper & Sons Funeral Home. In many cases, other funeral homes sub-contract cremation services, with the family paying a fee for transporting the body.

What do the cremains look like?

After the cremation process the cremains are similar to coarse, light gray sand and weigh between four to six pounds for an average size adult.

Is mixing (commingling) of the cremains possible?

It is illegal to cremate two bodies at the same time and most cremation chambers are built for only one adult, minimizing the chances for commingling. Roper & Sons Funeral Home has developed a strict and comprehensive identification procedure when performing cremation that ensures the correct cremains are returned to your family. When you choose a crematory, ask them about their procedure for your peace of mind.

Is an urn required?

Some type of container is required. We have a variety of urns available for purchase, or one may be provided by the family.

What do some of the terms associated with cremation mean?

Cremains – Commonly called “ashes”, cremains are what remain after the cremation of a body.

Urn – The container which holds the cremains.

Inurnment – Placing the cremains into an urn.

Scattering – Spreading the cremains over an area of land or water.