Cremation Services in Grand Rapids, MI

Cremation Services

The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can’t be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well.

There are many options open to you when it comes to cremation planning and honoring your loved one’s life. After the cremation and memorial services, there are a variety of choices for your loved one’s final disposition:

  • Interment means that you’ll bury or entomb your loved one’s cremated remains. This can be in a family plot, a memorial site, a cremation niche or urn garden, or in a variety of other indoor and outdoor locations. Ask our staff for a detailed list of interment possibilities.
  • Graveside services are similar to those celebrated alongside a traditional ground burial, in which loved ones are present at the burial of the cremated remains and honor the deceased through memorial prayers or other meaningful tributes.
  • Scattering allows you to spread your loved one’s cremated remains in a memorial garden, a cemetery, over water, or across any other meaningful site. You also can choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and retain the rest in an urn for interment or another form of disposition.
  • Placing cremated remains in multiple urns allows family members who are separated by distance to each feel the comfort of having their loved one’s final resting place in a nearby location.

Urns available for cremation services in Grand Rapids, MI


Many choices are available today with additional ideas and urns available almost weekly. Urns can be used in the home, in the garden, on jewelry, at the cemetery, and even when cremains are scattered – at land or sea.

Choices are available in metal, wood, marble, glass, and a new series that offers an urn that is used in the garden as a sundial, birdbath, or fountain.

Many urns have a keepsake or companion urn that allows several family members an appropriate way to keep lasting remembrance of the deceased. Keepsake urns are smaller replicates of their full sized counterparts, and can sometimes be worn as jewelry.

Almost all urns offer the family the opportunity to be customized with names, dates, and some also offer the opportunity to add favorite text, picture or emblem appliques to signify hobbies, faith, or military service.

Some cemeteries require an urn vault for burial. Please inquire. Customization may incur additional costs and add time to your product’s delivery.

Living Memorials
Living Memorials

What is cremation planning?

If you’re considering cremation for yourself or a loved one, ensuring the entire process goes smoothly brings you comfort and peace of mind. Preplanning cremation allows you to communicate your final wishes and ensure they are appropriately fulfilled. Gerst Funeral Homes assists families in cremation planning through elevating your final wishes in a compassionate and meaningful way.

As Gerst guides you through this process, get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions during cremation planning below:

Is cremation planning available?

Whether you are pre-planning a traditional burial or opting for cremation, Gerst is there to walk alongside families throughout the entire process. Simply call (616) 949-7350 or schedule a discussion here.

Can anyone be cremated?

Most anyone can be cremated, but there are some things that need to be considered and understood before the decision is made. Gerst is knowledgeable on state and county cremation laws so that you understand options available to your unique cremation plan.

Is cremation affordable?

As many see cremation as a more affordable choice, Gerst will work directly with you on your cremation planning to find the best route for your family. This includes pre-payment and financing options that fit your budget and your timeline!

How do you honor someone who has been cremated?

There are many ways to honor those who are cremated. From a full memorial service to specialized engravings, Gerst provides a variety of options for your family to remember and honor those who have passed.

Do I need an urn for cremation?

There are many options available for post-cremation care. Gerst offers a variety of urns as well as other unique options. Our team is available to help walk you through your options to ensure you are honoring your loved one as you desire.

We are here to help 24/7. Give us a call at (616) 949-7350 or contact us.