Peace of mind. Guaranteed.
Fred Dickey Funeral Home is the only funeral home in Laredo to own and operate their own crematory, and we are the only local provider to offer a 10-step cremation process backed by our Cremation with Confidence™ guarantee.
This 10-step process is designed to:
- Treat your loved one with respect and dignity by assuring that your loved one never leaves our care.
- Provide a system of checks and balances to ensure that the cremated remains returned to you are those of your loved one.
- Offer your family the opportunity to celebrate the life of your loved one – before or after the cremation process.
If your choice is cremation, there is no other choice than Fred Dickey Funeral Home. Contact us to learn more.
Peace of mind. Guaranteed.
Our 10-step cremation process guarantees that your loved one never leaves our care and that the cremated remains are those of your loved one. We believe in our cremation process so much, that we exclusively offer the Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee.
Learn more about our 10 step cremation process here, then contact us to to find out more on your cremation options.
Code of ethics.
At Fred Dickey Funeral Home and Cremation Services, we have a strict code of ethics and procedures we adhere to while your loved one is in our care. And, we only use crematories that we know and trust to uphold those ethical standards. As part of our procedures, one of our staff members will accompany your loved one to the crematory, will witness the start of the cremation process, and will bring the cremated remains back to the funeral home. We do this to ensure that your loved one is well cared for at all times, and to guarantee that the cremated remains you receive are those of your loved one.
Safeguarding personal identity.
To ensure security, a personal identification band is placed on your loved one at the moment your loved one is transferred to our care.
Unique tracking system.
Upon arrival, your loved one is logged into a tracking system and assigned an identification number, which is stamped into a stainless steel identification tag. This number is used to track every phase of the cremation process. This tracking system includes date and time of arrival at the facility and name of the transfer technician. Personal belongings are catalogued and placed in a secure area for their return to the family.
Our staff will bathe and dress your loved one in the clothes provided by the family or a gown we provide. Then, we will ask you, or a representative, to positively identify him or her prior to cremation. This identification is made possible as we have an onsite refrigeration unit to ensure your confidence.
Checks and balances to ensure correct paperwork.
Two individuals, a family member and a funeral home staff member, will review all cremation paperwork and permits. This is to ensure authorizations and permits have been received and have been properly documented. Once all documentation is verified, both persons must sign the cremation order, prior to the cremation. At this time, you are welcome to accompany the funeral home member to the crematory.
Cremation log book.
Immediately prior to the cremation process, your loved one is taken to the crematory and their personal identification is noted in the cremation log book. This log shows the name of the individual, date and time of the cremation, identification number and crematory operator’s name. The crematory log is dated and the start time is noted and initialed by a cremation technician before and after the cremation.
Details during the cremation.
The crematory checklist and identification card are placed on the outside of the cremation chamber during the cremation process. The metal identification tag is present in the cremation chamber during the process.
Details after the cremation.
After the cremation is complete, the cremated remains are placed with the stainless steel identification tag into an urn. The identification card is placed into our permanent files.
Return of the cremated remains.
Our staff will notify you to schedule a time for receipt of the cremated remains. At this time, we will provide a dignified setting, in which to receive the urn, where you may spend a few moments, privately, in quiet reflection.
Celebration of life.
We will assist in planning a funeral or memorial service either before or after the cremation, which will appropriately celebrate the life of your loved one. A meaningful ceremony provides an opportunity for family and friends to pay tribute to your loved one and to share the memories of a lifetime.