Caring for Remains

Hartquist Funeral Home and Cremation Service is full service death care & establishment. We are able to meet all of your requests. We encourage you to express your expectations and preferences; we are promise to educate you about it.

Our service include the following, but are not limited to...


Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, retards the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body disfigured by traumatic death or illness. It makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them. Embalming the body enables mourners to view the deceased if they wish. The emotional benefits of viewing the deceased are enormous, particularly to those having difficulty dealing with the death. These system uses the circulatory system with a fluid typically formaldehyde or glutaraldehyde based, to preserved the protein molecules that make up our tissues. This will not preserve the body forever, but will preserve the body for a long time.

These are several advantages to families choosing embalming. The procedure:

  • Preserves the body to allow family and friends to return home, plan ceremony and hold ceremony.
  • Allow relatives and friends to be with the body, thus, aid in acknowledgement of death occurring to begin a healthy grief journey.
  • Softens the harshness of death often bestows on the human body.
  • Restores health to when severe illness has occurred over the weeks or months prior to the loved one's death.
  • Removes the possibility of passing a communicable disease to the public.

Flamed-Based Cremation

We own and operate our own flame-based crematory - Minnesota River Valley Service. Flame-based cremation occurs through a direct flame putting an intense heat heat (usually between 1400 - 1800 degrees F) on the body in a brick retort. The process typically takes two to four hours. Following a period of cooling, the and remaining bone fragments and bone ash are removed from the retort. Larger bone fragments are then reduced down to ash and the remains cremains are returned by our staff to the loved one's family.

Water-based Cremation (Alkaline Hydrolysis)

We partner with AquaGreen Cremation to offer families we serve in Southwest Minnesota a gentle, eco-friendly alternative to flame-based cremation.

Water-based cremation is a relatively new form of disposition, but has been used in Minnesota by the Mayo Clinic since 2006. The process occurs through the combination of gentle water flow, temperature, pressure and alkalinity around the body which is encapsulated in a stainless-steel vessel. The hydro-cycle typically takes six to eight hours. Following a period of drying, the remaining bone fragments and bone ash are removed from the vessel. Larger bone fragments are then reduced down to ash and the remains cremains are returned by our staff to the loved one's family.

The process is essentially an accelerated version of what takes place in natural decomposition. It is more eco-friendly than flame-based cremation and leaves behind a very small carbon footprint as it uses less energy and has zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

Body Donation

Whole body anatomical donation is the donation of the body to a medical institution for educational purposes. Funeral ceremonies including viewing of the body and memorial ceremonies are still available options when body donation is chosen.

Organ and Tissue Donation

Donating organs and tissue for transplant does not limit a family on the type of ceremony that they can choose: traditional ceremony or cremation ceremony are still available options. It is important to educate yourself about what donation and/or tissue transplant.

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