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Affordable Cremation of Northern Michigan is simply a service provided by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service. We are licensed in the state of Michigan to provide service to you from our home in Gaylord, in the heart of northern lower Michigan. Our business is based on affordable, compassionate and experienced service.
We consider the local area to include a radius of 50 miles from our offices in Gaylord. This allows us to serve families in a several county area with no transportation expenses. Beyond this local area, an additional transportation expense of $2.00 per loaded mile (one way) would apply. If you prefer, we can meet with you in your own home, eliminating the need for you to travel to Gaylord at all.
An experienced member of our staff is always available to talk with you and answer any questions not answered here. Please call us at any hour at the funeral home, (989) 370-7548.
No, you do not need to contact a local funeral home. We can assist you in carrying out all of your wishes. We will provide the transportation of the deceased, the completion, signing and filing of the Michigan Certificate of Death and the cremation of your loved one as part of our basic services. There are other services we can also provide if you wish.
More families are choosing simpler services. Most funeral homes are simply not accustomed to operating in this manner. Many rely heavily on families choosing primarily “traditional” funerals that end in burial of the deceased. Simply put, the cost of operating their business requires higher service fees.
We operate based upon the idea that families are often choosing simpler services, keeping affordability and many other factors in mind. The size of our facility and staff, the number of vehicles we operate and many other factors are based upon this premise. Our lower overhead allows us to serve you much more affordably.
We are fully licensed by the State of Michigan to accept and escrow funds for prepaid funerals. It is important to note that all prepaid services must be secured with an approved escrow agent. We do not keep any of your pre paid funds for our use until the time the services are provided. This is for your benefit and security.
No. You may choose to simply preplan, by letting us know your wishes and allowing us to create a file for you with your wishes and other important information about you. By letting your family know you have done this, a simple telephone call when our services are needed will put your plans into effect.
Current Michigan law does not allow anyone to “pre-authorize” their own final wishes. At the time of death, the legal next-of-kin can or a pre-designated "funeral representative" can authorize us to proceed with any arrangements. We are well versed on Michigan's newer "funeral representative" law. We can help you at any time.
We can help you with arranging for a memorial service that you can direct yourselves or we can be present to direct and guide you on that day. We can also provide you with a wide variety of printed materials including memorial folders, register books, etc as well as urns, keepsake pendants, and many other items.
Yes, we can. We are local, in your area. We can assist you with pensions, life insurance matters and veterans benefits applications, just to name a few. You may choose to handle much of this on your own, or you may choose to have us handle it for you. Most importantly, it is your choice and your decision to make.