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Cremation Simplicity

At Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services, we try to provide you and your family with a variety of options and selections.  There is no "one-way" or "standard way" when it comes to Funeral & Cremation Services.  We strive to provide you and your family with all the information and options; so you can feel comfortable knowing you made the correct choice that best fits your needs.

We are proud to present our Cremation Simplicity offerings.  These are broken down into seven commonly selected tiers.  All tiers can be customized to fit your exact wishes.  You can also browse through our in-house urn selection photo gallery below/beside.

-Tier One-

Professional Services of Funeral Director and Staff

  • First Notification of Death
  • 24 Hour On-Call Responsive Services
  • Office & facilities for consultation with family
  • Funeral Director services for final disposition
  • Coordination with crematory
  • Securing & preparing official documents
  • Maintaining the operation of a full service funeral and cremation provider including but not limited to taxes, custodial services, salaries, utilities and maintenance.
Care & Custody

  • Refrigeration and care of your loved one until all official documents, permits and authorizations are finalized.
Removal from the Place of Death to Funeral Home

  • 24 hour removal services from place of death
Cremation Process

  • Cremation process and procedure
  • Minimum fiberboard container for cremation
  • Temporary urn if no permanent urn is selected
Utility Vehicle

  • Crematory Transportation
  • Obtaining State of Iowa Medical Examiner Cremation Permit
Online Obituary Placement

  • Placement of obituary on www.ErnstFuneralHome.com
  • Death Notice placement in Des Moines Register
  • Placement of obituary on all of Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services online social media platforms

-Tier Two-

Professional Services of Funeral Director and Staff

  • First Notification of Death
  • 24 Hour On-Call Responsive Services
  • Office & facilities for consultation with family
  • Funeral Director services for final disposition
  • Coordination with crematory
  • Securing & preparing official documents
  • Maintaining the operation of a full service funeral and cremation provider including but not limited to taxes, custodial services, salaries, utilities and maintenance.

Care & Custody

  • Refrigeration and care of your loved one until all official documents, permits and authorizations are finalized.

Removal from the Place of Death to Funeral Home

  • 24 hour removal services from place of death

Cremation Process

  • Cremation process and procedure
  • Minimum fiberboard container for cremation
  • Temporary urn if no permanent urn is selected

Utility Vehicle

  • Crematory Transportation
  • Obtaining State of Iowa Medical Examiner Cremation Permit

Online Obituary Placement

  • Placement of obituary on www.ErnstFuneralHome.com
  • Death Notice placement in Des Moines Register
  • Placement of obituary on all of Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services online social media platforms
Private Quick View for Immediate Family
  • Up to 45 minutes of private viewing for immediate family members (<15 people at Time of Arrangements)
  • Use of private visitation room
  • Your loved one is placed on a draped dressing table with pillow and comforter cover

-Tier Three-

Professional Services of Funeral Director and Staff

  • First Notification of Death
  • 24 Hour On-Call Responsive Services
  • Office & facilities for consultation with family
  • Funeral Director services for final disposition
  • Coordination with crematory
  • Securing & preparing official documents
  • Maintaining the operation of a full service funeral and cremation provider including but not limited to taxes, custodial services, salaries, utilities and maintenance.
Care & Custody

  • Refrigeration and care of your loved one until all official documents, permits and authorizations are finalized.
Removal from the Place of Death to Funeral Home

  • 24 hour removal services from place of death
Cremation Process

  • Cremation process and procedure
  • Minimum fiberboard container for cremation
  • Temporary urn if no permanent urn is selected
Utility Vehicle

  • Crematory Transportation
  • Obtaining State of Iowa Medical Examiner Cremation Permit
Online Obituary Placement

  • Placement of obituary on www.ErnstFuneralHome.com
  • Death Notice placement in Des Moines Register
  • Placement of obituary on all of Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services online social media platforms
Graveside Committal Service at Cemetery of Choice
  • Arrangement, coordination and presence at graveside service at cemetery of choice
  • Small drapery over grave space along with memorial table for urn/picture/flower placement
  • 25 basic memorial folders & 25 basic thank you notes
*Pricing does not include opening & closing of the graves pace or formal gravesite  set-up (Tent, Chairs and Greenery)

-Tier Four-

Professional Services of Funeral Director and Staff

  • First Notification of Death
  • 24 Hour On-Call Responsive Services
  • Office & facilities for consultation with family
  • Funeral Director services for final disposition
  • Coordination with crematory
  • Securing & preparing official documents
  • Maintaining the operation of a full service funeral and cremation provider including but not limited to taxes, custodial services, salaries, utilities and maintenance.
Care & Custody

  • Refrigeration and care of your loved one until all official documents, permits and authorizations are finalized.
Removal from the Place of Death to Funeral Home

  • 24 hour removal services from place of death
Cremation Process

  • Cremation process and procedure
  • Minimum fiberboard container for cremation
  • Temporary urn if no permanent urn is selected
Utility Vehicle

  • Crematory Transportation
  • Obtaining State of Iowa Medical Examiner Cremation Permit
Online Obituary Placement

  • Placement of obituary on www.ErnstFuneralHome.com
  • Death Notice placement in Des Moines Register
  • Placement of obituary on all of Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services online social media platforms
Memorial/Celebration of Life Service at Church/ Other Facility
  • Arrangement & coordination with officiant, musicians, AV techs, participants, etc.
  • Funeral Director & Staff for service
  • Use of equipment and flower stands
  • Delivery & set-up for flowers to church/facility
  • Memorial Tribute Video/Photo Slideshow
  • Memory sharing table, stands, easels, donation envelops, memorial signs, baskets, etc/
  • 50 Basic Memorial Folders
  • 25 Basic Thank You Notes
  • Register Sign-In Book
  • Utility vehicle

-Tier Five-

Professional Services of Funeral Director and Staff

  • First Notification of Death
  • 24 Hour On-Call Responsive Services
  • Office & facilities for consultation with family
  • Funeral Director services for final disposition
  • Coordination with crematory
  • Securing & preparing official documents
  • Maintaining the operation of a full service funeral and cremation provider including but not limited to taxes, custodial services, salaries, utilities and maintenance.
Care & Custody

  • Refrigeration and care of your loved one until all official documents, permits and authorizations are finalized.
Removal from the Place of Death to Funeral Home

  • 24 hour removal services from place of death
Cremation Process

  • Cremation process and procedure
  • Minimum fiberboard container for cremation
  • Temporary urn if no permanent urn is selected
Utility Vehicle

  • Crematory Transportation
  • Obtaining State of Iowa Medical Examiner Cremation Permit
Online Obituary Placement

  • Placement of obituary on www.ErnstFuneralHome.com
  • Death Notice placement in Des Moines Register
  • Placement of obituary on all of Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services online social media platforms
Memorial/Celebration of Life Service at Ernst Funeral Home
  • Arrangement & coordination with officiant, musicians, participants, etc.
  • Funeral Director & Staff for service
  • Use Ernst Funeral Home facilities
  • Use of Ernst Funeral Homes music library and music center
  • Memorial Tribute Video/Photo Slideshow
  • Memory sharing table, stands, easels, donation envelops, memorial signs, baskets, etc/
  • 50 Basic Memorial Folders
  • 25 Basic Thank You Notes
  • Register Sign-In Book

-Tier Six-

Professional Services of Funeral Director and Staff

  • First Notification of Death
  • 24 Hour On-Call Responsive Services
  • Office & facilities for consultation with family
  • Funeral Director services for final disposition
  • Coordination with crematory
  • Securing & preparing official documents
  • Maintaining the operation of a full service funeral and cremation provider including but not limited to taxes, custodial services, salaries, utilities and maintenance.
Care & Custody

  • Refrigeration and care of your loved one until all official documents, permits and authorizations are finalized.
Removal from the Place of Death to Funeral Home

  • 24 hour removal services from place of death
Cremation Process

  • Cremation process and procedure
  • Minimum fiberboard container for cremation
  • Temporary urn if no permanent urn is selected
Utility Vehicle

  • Crematory Transportation
  • Obtaining State of Iowa Medical Examiner Cremation Permit
Online Obituary Placement

  • Placement of obituary on www.ErnstFuneralHome.com
  • Death Notice placement in Des Moines Register
  • Placement of obituary on all of Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services online social media platforms
Funeral at Church/ Other Facility with Loved One Present Prior to Cremation
  • Embalming & other preparation of Loved One
  • Hairdressing
  • Cosmetology
  • Dressing & casketing
  • Solid Hardwood Rental Casket for service/visitation
  • Use of Funeral Coach for transportation to church / other facility
  • Arrangement & coordination with officiant, musicians, AV techs, participants, etc.
  • Funeral Director & Staff for service
  • Use of equipment and flower stands
  • Delivery & set-up for flowers to church/facility
  • Memorial Tribute Video/Photo Slideshow
  • Memory sharing table, stands, easels, donation envelops, memorial signs, baskets, etc/
  • 50 Basic Memorial Folders
  • 25 Basic Thank You Notes
  • Register Sign-In Book
  • Utility vehicle

-Tier Seven-

Professional Services of Funeral Director and Staff

  • First Notification of Death
  • 24 Hour On-Call Responsive Services
  • Office & facilities for consultation with family
  • Funeral Director services for final disposition
  • Coordination with crematory
  • Securing & preparing official documents
  • Maintaining the operation of a full service funeral and cremation provider including but not limited to taxes, custodial services, salaries, utilities and maintenance.
Care & Custody

  • Refrigeration and care of your loved one until all official documents, permits and authorizations are finalized.
Removal from the Place of Death to Funeral Home

  • 24 hour removal services from place of death
Cremation Process

  • Cremation process and procedure
  • Minimum fiberboard container for cremation
  • Temporary urn if no permanent urn is selected
Utility Vehicle

  • Crematory Transportation
  • Obtaining State of Iowa Medical Examiner Cremation Permit
Online Obituary Placement

  • Placement of obituary on www.ErnstFuneralHome.com
  • Death Notice placement in Des Moines Register
  • Placement of obituary on all of Ernst Funeral & Cremation Services online social media platforms
Funeral at Ernst Funeral Home with Loved One Present Prior to Cremation
  • Embalming & other preparation of Loved One
  • Hairdressing
  • Cosmetology
  • Dressing & casketing
  • Solid Hardwood Rental Casket for service/visitation
  • Arrangement & coordination with officiant, musicians, participants, etc.
  • Funeral Director & Staff for service
  • Use Ernst Funeral Home facilities
  • Use of Ernst Funeral Homes music library and music center
  • Memorial Tribute Video/Photo Slideshow
  • Memory sharing table, stands, easels, donation envelops, memorial signs, baskets, etc/
  • 50 Basic Memorial Folders
  • 25 Basic Thank You Notes
  • Register Sign-In Book


In-House Urn Selection

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