Cremation refers to the process of transforming the body into bone fragments using heat. Any metal objects that may have been included with the body are then removed and the remaining fragments are crushed into an ash. Today, many people from various backgrounds are choosing cremation as a more economic and convenient option to a traditional burial.
The person/people who can authorize a cremation varies from state to state. In Pennsylvania the legal next of kin is the party who can authorize a cremation, this could be parents, a spouse, if not married, the majority of the decedents children, of those don't exist, the majority of siblings, and if no siblings would exist, the majority of nieces and nephews. Your local Funeral Director will advise you exactly who the legal next of kin would be. These authorization rules are in place for the benefit and security of both the family and funeral provider.
Cremated remains, a.k.a. cremains, refers to the ashes that remain after the cremation process.
Cremation has become increasingly popular due to its affordability among other reasons. Many people also choose cremation for environmental concerns, the dignity and simplicity of cremation, and the flexibility it affords in the planning and disposition of the body.
Yes. Our modern facility is designed to allow family members to be present during the cremation process.
No. State laws do not mandate embalming prior to cremation. Our proper refrigeration technique and modern facilities eliminate that need. However, the family may opt for embalming when having a funeral service or viewing.
The law does not require that families supply an urn. However, the family may choose to bury the remains in an urn, place the urn in a columbarium, store the remains in an urn, or use an urn during a memorial service. If choosing to bury the urn in a cemetery, you may be required to select an urn vault as well which will protect the urn and the surrounding earth.
The cremation process does not require a casket although there are caskets made specifically for this purpose. All that is needed is a combustible container which will be cremated with the body. This container can be made of wood or cardboard and will offer dignity for the deceased.
The cremated remains will be handled according to the family’s wishes. The remains can be kept at home, buried in the ground, inurned in a columbarium, or scattered on private or public property depending on state law. They can also be placed in a variety of objects such as a rock or bench outdoors or a piece of jewelry or other keepsake.
Yes. With a cremation, there are even more options for services than with a burial. There can be a funeral service and a viewing prior to cremation or a memorial service with or without the remains present. There can also be a service to scatter or bury the remains. It is completely up to the wishes of the family.