For a variety of reasons, many families and individuals choose cremation as an alternative to traditional burial. It is important to remember that cremation is simply one part of a family’s memorialization process. Whether choosing cremation or burial, families still feel the need to commemorate or celebrate the special life of a loved one as part of the grieving and healing process. This tribute can take place before or after the cremation and may be as personalized as you choose.
There are several options to consider with a cremation. A family may decide to bury the cremated remains in a cemetery; keep and display them at home in an urn; or scatter the ashes in a place that held special meaning for the deceased. There are many cemeteries with areas, especially for cremated remains. These areas may be in a mausoleum, in a columbarium (a structure with small vaults for urns), in a ground burial area or in a cremation garden. It is important to check local restrictions for scattering ashes on public or private property.
The Cost of a Direct Cremation at Franklin County Funeral Home is $1295.00. If you are comparing prices with other funeral homes, be sure to ask the question, are these items included? Some funeral homes may advertise a lower price but then add on multiple items that end up increasing the cost a substantial amount. Our cost truly is the lowest in the valley when you compare what is included.
What we include with our direct cremation price that some others do not: We believe it is the right thing to do to give you all costs up front before you make a decision on which Funeral Home to use.
- Pick up your loved one from the place of death within a 50-mile area.
- Refrigeration prior to cremation authorization
- Timely cremation
- Filing of a death certificate
- Cremation container
- Temporary plastic urn (See our decorative urns)
- Online obituary
- One certified death certificate
- State permit for cremation
- Local taxes
What is Cremation? The process of reducing human remains to its basic elements in the form of bone fragments through flame, heat, and vaporization (usually 1600 – 1800 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more). Cremation occurs at a crematory in a special kind of furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. The resulting bone fragments are further reduced in size through a mechanical process and are referred to as “cremated remains”. (It may surprise many to learn that ashes are not the final result since cremated remains have neither the appearance nor the chemical properties of ashes.) After processing, the cremated remains are placed in an urn or another container suitable for a lasting memorial, transport or interment. Depending upon the size of the deceased’s skeletal makeup, there are normally four to eight pounds of cremated remains resulting from the cremation process.
How long is the wait from the time of death before the cremation can take place? The cremation cannot take place until the Doctor or County Medical Examiner and legal next of kin approves the cremation in writing. A next-of-kin usually approves the cremation within a day or two after a death at the time of their arrangements. The County Medical Examiner typically takes 2-3 business days to approve. Medical Examiners do not sign on weekends or holidays. If a death takes place on a Monday with no holiday’s that week, most likely the cremation could take place on Wednesday or Thursday of that week. The only delay would be if a Medical Examiner deemed it necessary to investigate the death or question the cause of death.
How long does the process take? Most cremations average 2 – 2 ½ hours.
How many cremations take place at a time? It is only possible and legal to perform one cremation at a time. Modern Crematories are only designed and built to cremate one individual at a time.
How am I sure the cremated remains I receive are those of my loved one? Each deceased person gets a label attached to their body from the moment they arrive at our holding location. The identification tag is kept with them throughout the holding and cremation process and is only discarded when their remains have been placed in their urn or another container. Because identification is so important, each deceased person is tracked by a series of unique numbers and recorded in several places each step of the way. At the crematory, those unique numbers and ID tags must match perfectly with our cremation authorization papers before the cremation can begin. Each cremation can only take place after a series of checks by the crematory operator. If anything is missing, the cremation halts. A family or next-of-kin can also choose to witness the cremation.
What is “witness of cremation”? A witnessed cremation is one where the cremation is scheduled after all of the authorizations are obtained. Unless for religious reasons, all witnessed cremations take place first thing in the morning. When the family arrives, they are brought to the cremation viewing window, and their loved one is already in our crematory room. Their body is wrapped in a bed sheet with only their face visible. Usually, a family will take a couple more minutes to view the deceased, and when ready the funeral director will proceed with the cremation process. The family will see the body placed into the crematory. The crematory door will close and the machine will start. At that time those witnessing will hear the machine startup, and the room will become much louder. From there, the process will still take a few hours. Most families will leave, and return later that day or the following day to pick up the remains. Some families wish to stay for the duration of the cremation, in which case our staff will find an extra arrangement room or another more private area to wait. We can’t have the family wait next to the crematory for safety reasons.
What do cremated remains look like? Processed cremated remains are a mixture of powdery and granular substances, and are varying shades of gray to white in color. The remains of an average sized adult usually weigh between four to eight pounds.
Are all remains returned to the family? Yes, with the exclusion of minuscule and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine. After each cremation is performed a thorough sweeping of all remains is done and the remains returned to the family.
Can cremated remains be divided up? Yes, many families will ask us to split the remains so that other family members can have some of their own. We have a variety of keepsake urns available as well as a few jewelry pieces suitable for cremated remains.
Is an urn required for the remains to be placed in? There is no law requiring an urn. Included in our cremation price is a standard container made up of either cardboard or plastic. This container is suitable for burial. Should a family have their own urn or container, our funeral directors will be glad to transfer the remains for you. The smallest container should be no smaller than 3 inches by 9 inches by 6 inches.