We understand the need for simple cremation options, and there are many options in Northwest Indiana. The questions below will help you best determine which option is best for you.

Q: Where exactly is the crematory?

Some cremation businesses transfer your loved one to a third-party cremation facility. Some even send them out of state.

We will never do that. We don’t have to, because we own and operate our own state-of-the-art cremation facility at our Geisen Funeral Home location in Crown Point. We also follow a strict triple-level identification process for the ultimate peace of mind.

Your loved one never leaves our care.

Q: Who will perform the cremation?

Other discount crematories use third parties to cremate your loved one, sometimes across state lines.

Indiana state law doesn’t require that crematory operators be certified. Our Cremation Specialists are certified through the Cremation Association of North America, the leading global cremation organization. Our Cremation Specialists are Geisen Funeral Home staff members who take care of your loved one with the highest level of funeral care service. 

Your loved one never leaves our care.

Q: Are you a licensed funeral home?

Some discount crematories are not a licensed funeral home, they are a third-party business that hires other crematories to perform the actual cremation.

We are a licensed funeral home. We are Geisen Funeral Homes, with four locations in Northwest Indiana. We’ve been in business since 1867.

Q: Will you bring my loved one to your facility before the cremation takes place?

Some crematories are not licensed to bring your loved one to their facility at all. Instead, they bring them from the place of death directly to a third-party high-volume crematory, where they may stay for several weeks until the cremation takes place. Another facility will perform the cremation.

We take your loved one directly into our care, by our professional staff members. Your loved one is cremated directly at our state-of-the-art crematory.

Your loved one never leaves our care.

Q: How long have you been in business?

Discount cremation is on the rise, and unfortunately many businesses don’t have much experience in the funeral industry, or they’re not a licensed funeral home. This question is important as you think about how you envision the level of compassionate care you expect to receive.

We are Geisen Funeral Home and we’ve been in business for over 150 years. We have 6 generations of experience and an award-winning staff.

Q: Where do I pick up my loved one’s cremated remains?

At some discount cremation operations, you are instructed to pick up your loved one’s cremated remains at a warehouse-type of location. Some are located in industrial parks or strip malls.

We are located at Geisen Funeral Home, a full-service funeral home with four locations in Northwest Indiana (Crown Point, Merrillville, Hebron and Michigan City).

Q: Will I get to see my loved one before the cremation takes place?

Because some crematories are not licensed to have your loved one at their facility, they’ll try to talk you out of viewing your loved one before the cremation takes place. That’s because it’s very inconvenient for a crematory to do this if they don’t operate their own crematory. This is an example of your needs not being met.

We own and operate our state-of-the-art crematory, and we can accommodate a private family identification if necessary; your loved one never leaves our care.