Did you know that New Jersey is one of only a few states in which a funeral home cannot own a crematory or cemetery? It’s actually pretty common in other parts of the country for a funeral home to perform cremations on premises or be located on the same property as a cemetery. As with many other things that are common across the country, it’s illegal in New Jersey.
One of the major reasons New Jersey law does not allow a setup like that is to prevent a monopoly by a single company. Here, cemeteries are usually operated either by a cemetery company (such as CMS) or by a house of worship (such as a church who owns the cemetery property or by the local Archdiocese). You will, however, find that most crematories operate within existing non-religious cemeteries and are under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Cemetery Board.
So what does this mean?
Well, perhaps the most obvious answer is the fact that the funeral director must make a special trip to the crematory—wherever it is located – to have a cremation completed. It means that the funeral director has a greater responsibility to ensure that the crematory’s policies and procedures are above par, and that their documentation coincides with everything the funeral home has provided to them.
This extra work typically means the cost is passed on to your family. Simple Cremation of New Jersey includes ALL transportation and documentation in the $799 package so your family doesn’t pay anything extra. However, this is not the case with all funeral homes. It’s an important question to ask when interviewing funeral homes to potentially serve your family.
We have chosen to work with Rosedale Crematory, located within the grounds of Rosedale Cemetery in Montclair, New Jersey. No, they’re not exactly right around the block—but we believe the quality of their care is worth the trip. Because we have included all transportation costs in our package price, we have the flexibility to be extremely selective about which crematory we work with, without regard to its location as we are not passing along any additional cost to your family.
Have you ever worked with a funeral home that has a crematory or cemetery on premises? What do you think are the advantages or disadvantages?