Questions About Cremation

We are here to answer any of your cremation questions. Below are some common questions we receive.

When a death occurs, what should I do?

If the death occurred in a medical facility (hospital or nursing home), instruct the facility to call the funeral service of your choice. If the death occurs in a residence, notify the appropriate authority (hospice nurse, police, or paramedic).

Who can authorize cremation?

The legal next of kin or legally designated agent can authorize the cremation. In cases where there are multiple next of kin, ALL such persons must authorize the cremation. For additional information or special circumstances concerning this issue, please contact us for assistance prior to death.
Can I view the deceased prior to cremation?

Yes. A private viewing can be arranged, on a limited basis, for family members. For those decedents who have suffered trauma, or on whom an autopsy has been performed, embalming may be required.

When making arrangements, what do I need to take to the funeral home?

When you come to the funeral home, it will be helpful to bring certain information with you. If you like, you can download and fill out the Personal Information Form <link to form> ahead of time. This will allow our staff to enter your information quickly.

Where do the cremations take place?

Cremations take place in one of several local independent commercial crematories, licensed by the State of Ohio (just as burials are done in independent local cemeteries).
Can I witness the cremation?

Yes, by special arrangement. However, because of scheduling and insurance issues, the crematory will charge an additional fee.

How long does it take to complete the cremation and get the ashes back?

We strive to complete the cremation as quickly as possible. However, the process is dependent on the signatures required by the next of kin authorizing cremation, the signature of the attending physician on the death certificate, and the procurement of the required permit from the local health department. This usually takes anywhere from three to five business days.

When can we have a memorial service?

One of the benefits of cremation is that you can plan a memorial service at your convenience. Because there is no body present, there is no need to rush to meet any deadlines. The service can be three days or three weeks after death.
Will you place an obituary in the newspaper?

Yes! We will happily place the obituary in the newspaper at a cost no greater than it would be for you to place the obituary yourself.

Can I pre-pay for your services?

Absolutely! Pre-payment can be done as a single payment or in monthly installments.

Do you take credit cards?

Yes! We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

If you still have other cremation questions, please feel free to contact us.