Why Choose Dakota?
Services and Costs
Grief & Healing
Choosing cremation is a highly personal decision. We want you to be confident that your cremation provider is someone you can trust. To ensure your trust, we own and operate our own crematory which is located inside of Sunset Memorial Gardens on Century Avenue in Bismarck.
Your deceased family member never leaves our care
We are among the very few funeral homes to operate our own crematory inside our clean and secure facility. Unlike most crematories, we offer witnessing and the opportunity for families to assist in the beginning of the cremation process. Our facility has a viewing and witnessing room where family members may be present at the beginning of the cremation process.
We cremate only one person at a time
It takes more effort to ensure that the cremation is handled with care, dignity, and high standards. To assure your loved one is being cared for appropriately, we adhere to a Cremation Protocol with every cremation process.
Your personal inspection is encouraged
Our crematory is clean, modern and available for your inspection. Call us with questions, or to arrange a personal tour.
Our staff members are certified
We are members of the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to our staff. We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty.
The Cremation Process
Cremation is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to fragments of bone by way of heat and flame. We prefer to say "cremated remains" rather than "ashes" because we believe that the term "ashes" can be misleading. Our funeral directors or crematory staff can explain the consistency of cremated remains in as much detail as you prefer.
Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains. We want you to know that this decision does not limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. We wholeheartedly suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.
If you have questions or concerns about cremation, please feel free to call or email us.