Cremation Services

Affordable Cremation Services

In recent decades, cremation has become a popular alternative to traditional burial. According to the NFDA, since 2015 the rate of cremation has already surpassed burial and will continue to do so, becoming the main form of disposition in North America. Due to this growing popularity, Phillips Funeral home is proud to offer personalized cremation services in South Lyon, Brighton and surrounded areas. 

What Is Cremation?

For the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), cremation is a method of final disposition made through a mechanical and/or thermal process that reduces a body into fragments. Usually, the body is incinerated inside a furnace in temperatures between 1400 and 1600 degrees until it turns into ashes. 


Although cremation is an ancient method, the practice has evolved and become highly technical, being monitored throughout the whole process to make sure everything is working right, from the high temperatures to the time of the procedure. After it is complete, the family receives their loved one’s ashes in an urn or container of choice and can decide whether they would like to bury, scatter, or keep them.


Our experienced staff is here to help you arrange a cremation or answer any questions you might have.






What is Important to Know About Cremation?


Cremation Options


Direct Cremation With No Services

Direct Cremation is a simple and low-cost cremation option, in which the deceased’s body is cremated right away. It may take place only after obtaining a signed death certificate from the attending physician along with a signed authorization from the next of kin, or authorized agent of the deceased. In the State of Michigan and authorization is also required by the medical examiner. After the cremation, the ashes are picked up or sent to the families, and there is no visitation, viewing, or any other end-of-life ceremonies, making it an easy-to-plan option.


Cremation After Funeral Service and Visitation

Funeral services are a ceremony that serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Holding a funeral is a way of offering comfort and peace to the family and friends, providing a communal support system for mourners. For this service, the deceased will be cremated prior to the funeral service. The ashes will be placed in the container of your choice. Then, we will hold a funeral service in honor of your loved one. Funeral services can take place at a funeral home, in a church, or even at your home, and they often include prayer, the singing of hymns, a eulogy, and readings. Typically, the ashes in their desired container are present. Families choose this option if they do not want a viewing of their loved one’s body but still want a traditional funeral service. Whether traditional or unique, the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one.

Cremation with Memorial Service

This option includes cremation taking place prior to the service. After cremation has occurred, friends and family can gather at a visitation. The service is a ceremony that serves to celebrate, honor, and remember the life of the deceased. Whether traditional or unique, both the visitation and the funeral service can be personalized to reflect the individuality of your loved one.


Ash Scattering Services 

A common way to honor your loved one after they’ve been cremated is to plan an ash scattering ceremony. This type of ritual helps the family members and friends to find peace and closure, and it can be a beautiful way of celebrating the memory of the loved one. Ash scattering ceremonies can be personalized so the family finds a better way to honor the memories of their loved one. Our funeral home can help you organize a ceremony where your loved one's ashes are scattered in a location of your choice


Other Options for Cremated Remains

There are also other ways of saying goodbye after cremation. After buying an urn to put the ashes, you can also choose to have a burial in a cemetery or place the ashes in a cemetery columbarium niche. No Matter your choice, our Funeral Home can assist with exploring the best option for your family.



Merchandise for Cremated Remains

Finding a special place to keep your loved one’s ashes it’s a beautiful way of remembering and always carrying them with you. At Phillips Funeral Home, we offer a range of merchandise options from urns to personalized jewelry to keep honoring your loved one even after the end-of-life services. Our merchandise includes:

  • Full-size urns
  • Keepsake urns (smaller urns used when ashes are separated and given to different family members
  • Memorial Jewelry
  • Life Gem Diamonds
  • Thumb Print Jewelry



State of Michigan - Cremation Regulation

In the state of Michigan, families must contact a funeral home to start the cremation process. The funeral home makes the transfer of the deceased from the place of death to the funeral home, completes the death certificate and applies for the cremation permit, and transfers the deceased to the crematory. It is not possible in Michigan for families to go directly to a crematory in our state.



Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Phone: (248) 437-1616
Fax: (248) 437-2902
122 West Lake Street (Ten Mile Road), South Lyon, MI 48178

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