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The Cremation Society of Minnesota and First Memorial Funeral Chapels began in 1955, when we opened our South Minneapolis chapel. Since that time, Cremation Society of Minnesota and First Memorial Funeral Chapels have grown to five locations and become Minnesota’s leading provider of cremation services.​

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Our company reaches out to families in the entire state of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, providing services that can save families thousands of dollars versus the higher cost, (sometimes double) of local funeral homes.

We provide:

  • Cost effective direct cremation services

  • Full traditional funeral services followed by cremation to save families cemetery expenses

  • Full traditional funeral services followed by burial

  • Direct Burial

We have streamlined our services so that families need only make one call to begin the cremation process.

Our Directors are available 24 hours a day, seven day a week, 365 days a year, including holidays, at no extra charge, to help families at the time of death. We will respond and provide transportation of your loved one from the place of death into our care from (home residence, hospital, care facilities, medical examiners’ offices).

Our Directors help with arrangement planning, ordering death certificates, notifying social security, providing assistance in the preparation and placement of obituary notices, and arranging burial services at national cemeteries for veterans, all of which are included in our prices.

Each of our chapels have seating for 125 people for memorial services. We also have reception rooms at each of our locations for food and fellowship and/or memorial gatherings. Attendants are included in rental prices, to assist families in the set up and execution of services.

Please call or email us at info@csmcremation.com regarding your specific needs so we can help.


Cremate and wait: How COVID-19 is changing the way funeral homes do the business of life and death

Over the past week, the obituary pages of area newspapers have become a haunting litany of “memorial service to be held at a later date,” “no services,” and “services canceled due to COVID-19.” To be sure, death and impending pandemic doom may be our new daily communion, but for funeral directors dealing with the day-to-day nuts and bolts business of life and death, the coronavirus and social distancing era has changed the way they help people grieve, and how funeral homes host celebrations of life.

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The difficulty of finding closure

It was a trying March for the family of Clint and Carolyn Schroeder, who spent decades as members of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in East Harriet, raising their five children there and each serving as church council president.

Clint died on March 12 at the age of 89, and then, less than two weeks later, Carolyn was hospitalized with COVID-19. Carolyn, 88, survived, but with the pandemic halting travel, the family has had to postpone Clint’s memorial service.

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