In order to make a difficult decision easier, we feel that it is most important for families to understand the cremation process. You should feel confident in your selection and in the people you have chosen to carry out your wishes. Fortunately for all of us, Ohio has become a very strict state when it comes to cremation. The following is a summary of how things are done at Heritage Cremation & Burial Society.
The Heritage Cremation & Burial Society operates its own facility guaranteeing families the most professional and secure services.
Following the death of a loved one, we will send a member of our on call staff to the place of death to transfer the deceased to our nearest facility. Upon arrival at the care facility or residence, our staff member will place an ID bracelet on the wrist or ankle of the deceased and do a complete inventory of any personal belongings. If a family member or responsible party is available our staff will secure a signature from them confirming the identity of the deceased.
The deceased is then transferred to our facility where additional identification is obtained and recorded (fingerprints, picture, etc.). The body of the deceased is then placed into a special enclosure (alternative container) for refrigeration and safe and secure keeping.
The family of the deceased will meet with a Licensed Funeral Director in order to complete the necessary paperwork. In Ohio, there are (3) requirements that must be met prior to cremation. They are as follows:
- We must obtain a signed death certificate. The death certificate is typically prepared by the Licensed Funeral Director and delivered to the physician or medical examiners office for signing. The properly signed death certificate is then filed with the appropriate health department where a burial, transit, cremation permit is obtained for cremation.
- We must obtain a signed cremation and disposition authorization form. The cremation authorization form will be prepared by the licensed funeral director and will be signed by the appropriate next of kin granting permission to carry out the cremation.
- We must wait a minimum of 24 hours following the death of the deceased before cremation can take place. Even if both requirements listed above are met, the body cannot be cremated until the 24-hour period holding period has been met.
Upon completion of the cremation, the Heritage Cremation & Burial Society staff will prepare the necessary paperwork to transfer the cremains of the deceased to the family or designated party.
In Ohio, the process of cremating a body can only be carried out by a licensed crematory. State inspectors visit these crematories regularly in order to guarantee their adherence to state laws and to protect the public. Every funeral home in Ohio can offer cremation services but where the actual cremation takes place is most important. Crematories are either owned by funeral homes and cremation services or by a third party crematory operator. Because very few funeral homes operate their own crematories, most (nearly 80%) rely on third party crematory operators. The Heritage Cremation & Burial Society operates its own facility guaranteeing families the most professional and secure services.