Cremation Services
Cremation Services
An affordable alternative to a burial.

DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home
119 Union Ave.
Lakehurst, NJ 08733
732-657-7868     Read Obituaries Pre-Need

If I want to be viewed, do I have to be embalmed?

No. In NJ embalming is required if the viewing is 48 hours after death.

If I want to be cremated, can I still have a viewing?

Yes.  Cremation is only a method of disposition, which in NJ takes place at the cemetery (methods: Burial, Entombment or Cremation) this does not take place at the funeral home/cremation service.  So services before the cemetery/crematory are your choice,  traditional viewing/private family viewing, church services, memorial service or celebration of life service.  With cremation, your options are endless.

I’m married to a Veteran. Can I be buried with them?

Yes, the widower or widow of any of our US Armed Forces, their minor children and their unmarried adult children, under certain conditions are also eligble for burial or niche placement.

Is the NJ Veterans Cemetery only for Veterans that served during a war or retired military?

No.   Burial in a veterans cemetery is open to all who have served in the Armed Forces.  The veteran must have met minimum active duty requirements and discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.  Also, the actual name of the cemetery is Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Who do I inform that I have chosen a funeral agent to carry out my arrangements?

You will have to inform the Executor, who should have a copy of your will in addition to the chosen funeral agent.  They can then present the request you have made and carry out your wishes.  Also, if you make pre-arrangements with a funeral home they will need a copy.  Some people will inform their family members.

Cremation in New Jersey

First thing to know.  In NJ Cremation Services and Funeral Homes are the same, they are all registered as funeral homes.  The different names are used to target specific consumer markets or a business that prefers to target a specific mode of disposition, burial, entombment and cremation.  All physical cremations take place at a cemetery which is licensed to own and operate a crematory.  (one of the three modes of disposition)  Note, there is only one funeral home in Atco, NJ which is grandfathered by law that has a crematory on their property, now they all belong on cemetery property.  Yes, the Funeral Director is needed.  The Funeral Director secures all authorizations, files death certificates, transports the deceased to and from cemetery/crematory, prepares obituaries, embalming, viewings, memorial services and guides the family through their options.

DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, Inc. Serving All Faiths
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Sherry DeGraff, Manager N.J. Lic. No. 3921
Donald DeGraff, Director N.J. Lic. No. 4576
Patricia DeGraff, Director N.J. Lic No. 4442
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