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George Simmons
B: 1932-03-27
D: 2017-04-27
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Simmons, George
Constance "Connie" Ross
B: 1937-12-18
D: 2017-04-13
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Ross, Constance "Connie"
Kay Teeters
B: 1944-05-22
D: 2017-04-11
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Teeters, Kay
Robert Thompson
B: 1924-11-06
D: 2017-04-08
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Thompson, Robert
George Janicki
B: 1928-09-11
D: 2017-04-07
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Janicki, George
James "Jim" Angel
B: 1935-05-12
D: 2017-04-01
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Angel, James "Jim"
Gregory Maynard
B: 1956-02-18
D: 2017-03-26
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Maynard, Gregory
Sandra Haman
B: 1935-02-18
D: 2017-03-24
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Haman, Sandra
William Taylor
B: 1928-04-26
D: 2017-03-22
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Taylor, William
Sherri Wojick
B: 1959-05-07
D: 2017-03-20
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Wojick, Sherri
Teresa Phillips
B: 1950-10-11
D: 2017-03-18
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Phillips, Teresa
Charles Lucas
B: 1925-05-01
D: 2017-03-14
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Lucas, Charles
Carley Ingram
B: 1954-01-22
D: 2017-03-11
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Ingram, Carley
Ralph Owens
B: 1937-08-23
D: 2017-03-01
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Owens, Ralph
Mildred Hamilton
B: 1926-06-27
D: 2017-02-23
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Hamilton, Mildred
Philidina Keating
B: 1931-10-19
D: 2017-02-22
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Keating, Philidina
Robert Fortune
B: 1957-09-07
D: 2017-02-21
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Fortune, Robert
Joanne Rymoff
B: 1940-01-04
D: 2017-02-19
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Rymoff, Joanne
Betty Goldey
B: 1931-10-07
D: 2017-02-15
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Goldey, Betty
Earl Teague
B: 1929-04-07
D: 2017-02-11
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Teague, Earl
Marilyn Lamb
B: 1937-04-10
D: 2017-02-06
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Lamb, Marilyn

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Cremation Information

What is Cremation?

what is cremation why choose cremationPart of making funeral arrangements on behalf of a loved one involves choosing between burial of the body, or cremation. Certainly this is a big decision, based on any number of factors: religious or spiritual beliefs, finances, or ecological awareness are just some of the reasons we've heard for choosing cremation. Before you can make the choice, you need to know exactly what it is you're considering. You can learn the basics below, however, if the content here raises additional questions for you, please give us a call at 937-848-6651. One of our cremation specialists will address any of your inquiries or concerns.

Cremation Explained

The Cremation Association of North America describes cremation as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments".  On our page, The Cremation Process, we offer a deeper look at the most common cremation process which uses extreme heat. 

As we said earlier, people choose cremation over burial of casketed remains for any combination of reasons. Sometimes it's the simple fear of burial itself, which may stem directly from the Victorian phobia of being buried alive. 

What is Required to Arrange for Cremation?

Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

  1. Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
  2. Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
  3. Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.
  4. What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

Source: What is Cremation, Cremation Association of North America

Why Choose Cremation?

Everyone has their own personal reasons for choosing cremation service over traditional casketed burial.

Cremation Costs are Only One Reason

Given the religious, ethnic, and regional diversity among us, there are many other reasons for the dramatic rise in the number of cremations performed each year. According to Tyler Mathisen of NBC, one of those reasons "is the softening of the Catholic church's views of the practice. For centuries – until 1963, in fact – the church outlawed it. The church's laws still express a preference for burial. But the outright ban is a thing of the past."  

He goes on to tell readers that the decline in nuclear families is another reason. "As more Americans live far from hometowns and parents, and as family burial plots have waned in popularity and accessibility, millions have turned to cremation as a practical and cost-effective way to care for a loved one's remains."

Cremation also allows a family the flexibility they may need in planning and preparing for a memorial service, celebration-of-life, or a scattering ceremony. While the cremation process can occur almost immediately (once all the proper paperwork is complete), the decisions required in planning a meaningful memorial for a loved one can be made in a relaxed, rational way.

You can also be sure that concern for the environment ranks high among many who choose cremation. Casketed and embalmed remains take up cemetery space and can pollute the ground water but many still question the amount of atmospheric pollution created by the cremation process.

Are You Ready to Talk about Cremation?

We want you to know that no matter your reasons for choosing cremation, we're here to help you explore your options. When you're ready, call us at to set an appointment or simply drop by our office. You can also send us an email via our online contact us form.

Online Sources: Mathisen, Tyler, "Cremation is the Hottest Trend in the Funeral Industry".


 

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