On-Site Crematory | Smith Family Funeral Homes | Little Rock, AR 72205
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Little Rock's Only On-Site Crematory

Since Little Rock Funeral Home opened, Brad Leggett guaranteed that local families receive the highest level of service. A few years backed he made the decision to install a crematory at the funeral home. Said Leggett at the time, “As cremation has become increasingly popular, it is important for funeral homes to not only offer cremation services, but to own and operate their own crematory as well. This is the only way the consumer can be confident the service will be conducted professionally with honor and respect. Our crematory is located in our beautiful surroundings and furnishings, unlike most crematories in the U.S., which are established in garages or warehouses.”

On July 1, 2020, Little Rock Funeral Home was acquired by Smith Family Funeral Homes becoming Smith Little Rock Funeral Home. Jeff Smith, owner of Smith Family Funeral Homes, and Leggett agree that funeral homes that do not operate their own crematory must transfer your loved one to another company. This is often a third party commercial crematory unknown to the family of the loved one and located in another city or county. When this is the case, the original funeral home loses control of the process. Many cremation scandals reported around the country occur under these circumstances. According to Leggett, “The funeral profession is regulated, just as the legal, medical, and financial professions. This is why it is so important for us to maintain control of the process. We need to be able to guarantee the integrity of the services we provide. Owning our own crematory is the only way we can do that.”

Another advantage for families who select a funeral home with an on-site crematory is the ability to observe the cremation process. Leggett says, “Pre-planning and being able to inspect the crematory gives confidence to loved ones. It can be a part of the healing process after a loss. With an on-site crematory, family members may observe the cremation from a comfortable observation room adjacent to the crematory.”  

Smith added their crematory is reserved only for families that select Smith Family Funeral Homes. “There are crematories that allow other funeral homes to use their equipment. We will not do this,” Smith said. “Our crematory is private and used only to serve those who choose Smith Family Funeral Homes. Families often want the cremation process to be conducted quickly so they can hold services with their loved one’s cremated remains present. Others want to transfer the cremated remains to another city for services. By reserving our crematory for the families we serve, we can respond immediately to any request.” 

Smith understands that constructing a crematory requires a significant investment, he feels responsible to provide the most comprehensive services possible to the Little Rock community. “We know families want peace of mind when making funeral arrangements for a loved one,“ says Smith. “They want to know their loved one is being treated with honor and respect. Owning and operating our own crematory is simply the right thing to do as a family-owned and operated funeral home.”

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