Memorial Alternatives
Memorial Alternatives
Memorial Alternatives
Memorial Alternatives
Memorial Alternatives
Memorial Alternatives

Authorization and Forms

Cremation Authorization:

For a cremation to be completed by Pine Grove Crematorium a Cremation Authorization needs to be signed by the closest next of kin. This authorization gives full disclosure of the cremation process and gives consent to Memorial Alternatives from the family to complete the cremation. Maine State Law does determine who has custody of remains of the deceased and who the closest next-of-kin would be. At Memorial Alternatives we determine who that person is and abide by the custody statute for that next-of-kin to sign the cremation authorization.

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Maine Mortuary Trust Agreement:

The state law requires that when we take funding in advance for preplanning purposes a Maine Mortuary Trust Agreement needs to be completed. This agreement is good for both the consumer and the provider where it fully discloses how the funds are held and other details. This form is provided for you to read in advance if desired. If you did want to set up a preplanned funeral with us and wanted it funded we would need to meet to use the form that meets the state requirements. This form is the same language but meets the size of print requirement by the state.

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Obituary Guideline:

Composing an obituary can be a difficult task for someone that has never done it before. We do find that many people do choose through Memorial Alternatives to compose their own obituary notice for the local paper. We have provided a guideline that complies the Associated Press Format which the newspapers customarily like to receive.

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Directive for Release of Cremated Remains:


At the time arrangements are made a Directive for Release of Cremated Remains needs to be completed by the closest next-of-kin. They will determine who can pick up the cremated remains or give Memorial Alternatives detailed instructions about the final disposition of the cremated remains. Cremated remains are picked up at Pine Grove Crematorium at 1347 Hammond Street in Bangor. Identification needs to be provided to the staff so that they can determine that the correct person is receiving the remains.

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Family Witnessed Cremation:

Pine Grove Crematorium offers the use of a viewing window designed for families that would like to witness the cremation process. Much like going to a cemetery to witness a burial, people might also want to witness the cremation where it is the last time they can be with their loved one. To complete this, Pine Grove Crematorium does require a consent form to be signed by the closest next-of-kin allowing family and friends to be present for the cremation

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