Society of South Carolina Explains how the Cremation Society of South Carolina
works. ONE PHONE CALL
thats all it takes to activate our cremation services
at the time of need. We will transport the deceased from the place of death to our
crematory. As a licensed funeral home, Cremation Society of SC-Westville Funerals completes all necessary paperwork, including notifying Social
Security and Veterans Affairs for benefits, place obituary notices (additional charges from newspaper may apply) and certify the death
certificate. After permits and approval have been secured, we will cremate the deceased in
a professional, dignified manner, and then release the cremated remains according to your
How do we know the remains
are that of our loved one? Our 10-step identification, security and control system
guarantees the integrity of the remains throughout the cremation process. We certify the
remains are true because we do the cremation ourselves. We do not subcontract your loved
one elsewhere for cremation.
Do we have to be embalmed before we can be cremated?
No. South Carolina Funeral Law does not require embalming, even for bodily burial.
Embalming is only necessary in cases of public viewing of the body or transportation of
the deceased remains by common carrier. The South Carolina Safe Cremation Act requires a
24-hour period after death occurs before cremation service. Most funeral homes have to
embalm because they dont offer refrigeration. The Cremation Society has a
refrigeration system, which is included in our price.
Do we have to buy a casket to be cremated? No. The
cremation society does not require the use of a casket.
What happens if I move from South Carolina to another
state or if death occurs while I am traveling in another country? For society members
wishing to guarantee our charges nationwide, our Nationwide Guarantee Program may be
selected and paid with the membership fee. This protects you from incurring
costly out-of-state charges if you move or travel to another state now or in the future.
Our Worldwide Travel Protection Plan for members will cover you outside South Carolina
traveling anywhere in the world.
What about religious beliefs... is it okay to be
cremated? We have articles addressing Protestant beliefs and the Catholic
Churchs position on cremation. Email us and we will send them both to you.
What if I already have a cemetery plot? At most
cemteries you can bury cremated remains, and we are able to assist you with those
How do I make prearrangement with the Cremation Society
of South Carolina? Begin by filling out the membership form and mail it to us along
with your registration fee of $25.00 per person. You may also register on-line. You
will receive a membership certificate and a membership card. One call when you need us is
all that is necessary. You can rest easy knowing that everything will be taken care of
according to your wishes. You can trust the Cremation Society of South Carolina to always
be here for you and your family.
Benefits of Joining the Cremation Society For a
one-time registration fee, you will become a member of the cremation society,
with a membership certificate and a membership card.
Membership gives you a number of benefits:
(1) Members can personally authorize cremation wishes. We show you how no one can revoke
(2) An identification card to carry with you, which will alert authorities to call us in
the event of your death.
(3) Members are provided transportation for the deceased back to our facility from
anywhere in the state when death occurs. *Additional transport fees may apply outside the Upstate.
(4) Members have the right to freeze the costs and pay the membership fee.