Cremation Tools

Whether you operate your own crematory or use a third-party provider, you’ll find here the sample procedures, contracts and forms you need to properly serve families who choose cremation.



ICCFA’s College of Cremation Services Instructor David Nixon examines how providing more cremations services and charging for them will enable you to address the low-price provider in your market.
Download PDF

Cremation Best Practices Whitepaper

This document was created to help funeral homes and cemeteries learn how cremation can be the answer to a better future in funeral service. Edited by Julie A. Burn, CCrE, CSE, the document offers specific best practices contributed by some of the most successful cremation professionals in the industry.
Download PDF

Inspection Checklist when using a Third-Party Crematory

ICCFA coach and College of Cremation Services instructor, Ron Salvatore, has developed a checklist for funeral professionals utilizing third party crematories. The checklist is a must to avoid any possible liability!
Download PDF

10 Things You Should Include in your Cremation Policy and Procedure Manual

ICCFA’s cremation counsel, cremation coach and College of Cremation Services professor Poul Lemasters’ list of necessary items to be included in a Cremation Policy & Procedure Manual. Make sure your manual includes all of the components and make sure you and your staff follow it.
Download PDF

10 Point Identification Verification Check for Cremation

ICCFA’s College of Cremation Services Dean Jim Starks has compiled a list of necessary identification steps when handling a cremation. Avoid lawsuits… do it the right way!
Download PDF

Direct Cremation Break-Even Analysis

ICCFA’s College of Cremation Services Professor David Nixon has developed an analysis for those who wonder what will happen if a firm raises their cremation charge. Will they lose calls with a higher charge? See how one funeral home could lose 50% of its calls and still break-even.
Download PDF

Power-FULL Questions for the Arrangement Conference

ICCFA’s College of Cremation Services Professor Mike Kubasak shares proven questions that will get client families talking during the arrangement conference.
View Page

Questions, Objections | What Would You Do?

Many times families may not know or fully understand what takes place when they choose cremation for a loved one. To assist arrangers in effectively communicating with cremation families during the arrangement conference, the ICCFA has compiled a list of common questions and objections along with suggested responses.
View Page

ICCFA Cremation Guidelines

Guidelines published by the ICCFA to foster voluntary professional standards of care and consideration in administering and operating cremation services.
View Page

Recommended Procedures for Handling Human Remains for Cremation by Mortuaries, Cemeteries and Crematories

A uniform set of procedures developed to serve as a guide for the disposition of remains for cremation. (Complements the ICCFA Cremation Guidelines.)
View Page

Due Diligence for Cemeteries Utilizing Third-Party Crematories

A four-step due diligence process through which funeral homes can undertake the steps needed to protect the families they serve and to reduce their own potential liability. This process was developed as a cooperative effort of the ICCFA, the Cremation Association of North America, and the National Funeral Directors Association.
View Page

Cremation-Related Model Guidelines for State Laws and Regulations

The ICCFA Government and Legal Affairs Committee has developed a set of 28 model guidelines for state laws and regulations, one of which relates specifically to the cremation process: “Handling Of Human Remains In Conjunction With The Cremation Process.”
View Page

TSA Rules for Transporting Urns as Carry-On Luggage

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2004 implemented specific rules for transporting urns as carry-on luggage, requiring that urns must pass successfully through the x-ray machine. This page offers details and advice on these rules for cemeteries, funeral homes and suppliers.
View Page

Forms & Sample Contracts

Model Cremation Authorization Form

Users should modify the form to comply with the legal requirements in their respective states.
Download Doc
Download PDF

Sample Contracts with Third-Party Crematories

A set of model contracts for funeral homes and cemeteries to use in contracting with third-party providers.
Download Doc for Cemeteries
Download Doc for Funeral Homes