December 15, 2013

Brown Funeral Home opens crematory

ALBURGH, Vt. — A local funeral home has opened its own crematory.

Mountain View Crematory is the latest addition to the Brown Funeral Home group of businesses. It opened in October in the hamlet of Alburgh, Vt.

Ryan and Michael Bennett, licensed funeral directors at Brown Funeral Home, said the new crematory is one more way a family can rest assured the staff at Brown Funeral Home will be at their loved one’s side every step of the way.

“The big thing is being able to serve families with their full confidence and be able to fulfill all of their wishes,” Michael said.

State rules differ

Ryan said it is located in Vermont because in New York, a funeral home is not allowed to own a crematory or cemetery. 

In addition, there is a moratorium on building new crematories in the state, he said. Michael said the Alburgh location is about the same distance from their business as the nearest crematory in New York.

“We were lucky to find a place to have this and still have it close to home,” he said.

All four funeral directors at Brown Funeral Home, owner Warren Bennett, his sons, Ryan and Michael, and Stephen LaPointe, have completed their Certified Crematory Operator training. 

Michael said that while many families still choose a traditional funeral and burial, the number of requests for cremations is growing.

Mountain View Crematory consists of a large room where the retort, the machine that is used in cremation, is situated. It also has an attached garage and a smaller office space with a window where families can watch the process. 

The computer system is tied into Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. The equipment is also monitored by the manufacturer, Matthews Cremation, a division of Pennsylvania-based Matthews International.

Ryan said he went to their site in Orlando, Fla., in January and March to learn more about the equipment.

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