Code of Ethics, Laws & Process


  • The arranging family members have the right to inspect the crematory at any time. Our "Open Door Policy" allows you to view the crematory, White Dove Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick, RI and learn about the manner with which we ensure that cremations are conducted responsibly and the cremated remains are handled carefully.
  • The survivors have the right to be advised of any policies and applicable legal requirements prior to finalizing the cremation arrangements and the Cremation Authorization Form.
  • The survivors have the right to absolute integrity from the crematory staff.
  • The survivors have the right to freedom of choice and a positive "can-do" attitude from our staff.
  • The survivors have the right to select from easy to understand packages that simplify the process.
  • The survivors have the right to view and select from a wide and value-priced variety of cremation merchandise that is utilized in the cremation process (a cremation container) and that will subsequently contain the cremated remains (an urn).


  • Recognizing that this process is irreversible, it is in the best interests of the survivors and the crematory to ensure the correct identity of the deceased person before the cremation process takes place. The identification may be done by anyone who represents their ability to do so.
  • If the deceased is not viewed in connection with a visitation or funeral, an identification of the un-embalmed body can be provided and must (by law) be for a very short time only.

  • One deceased will be cremated during the cremation process in a rigid or semi-rigid leak-resistant container.
  • The deceased given a cremation identification number throughout the process and ultimately a metal disc with the same number is attached to the urn for proper identification of the deceased.
  • The cremated remains, consisting of bone fragments, will be diligently removed from the cremation chamber and processed into small fragments. Because the cremation chamber is lined with porous material, it is not always possible to remove small traces of the cremated remains.
  • The cremated remains are placed into an urn and returned to the authorized person to take home, bury (including in a cemetery), scatter or place into a niche.

  • Section 18.1 - The body of a deceased person shall not be cremated within 24 hours of death unless he/she dies of a contagious or infectious disease.
  • Proper Identification must take place before cremation of the deceased.
  • At a minimum the cremation chamber shall not reach less than 1650 degrees Fahrenheit during the cremation.
  • A corrugated cardboard cremation container will be used at a minimum for cremation.
  • Scattering must be done three miles off the coastline.
  • Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory
    659 E. Greenwich Avenue
    West Warwick, RI 02893-2320


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