Walker Funeral Home
828 Sherman St. P.O. Box 349
Geneva, Ohio 44041
Office Phone: (440)466-1108
Fax: (440) 466-9231
Questions about the cremation process
What is cremation?
To begin with, it is probably easier to describe what cremation isn't. Cremation is not final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service. Rather, it is a process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.
How long does the actual cremation take?
It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, cremation takes from two to three hours at normal operating temperature between 1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F.
What happens after the cremation is complete?
All organic bone fragments, which are very brittle, as well as non-consumed metal items are "swept" into the front of the cremation chamber and into a stainless steel cooling pan. All non-consumed items, like metal from clothing, hip joints, and bridge work, are separated from the cremated remains. This separation is accomplished through visual inspection as well as using strong magnet for smaller and minute metallic objects. Items such as dental gold and silver are non-recoverable and are commingled in a machine to a consistent size and placed into a temporary or permanent urn, selected by the family.
What do cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weighs between four to eight pounds of cremated remains.
In what kind of container are the cremated remains returned?
The cremated remains are placed in a temporary container at no charge to you. Or, they may be placed in the urn of your choice from our large selection of urns available for purchase.
Are all the cremated remains returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and the processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
There are many options. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered on private property. Our staff will be happy to discuss these options with you and make arrangements.
Are there any laws governing cremation?
Cremation regulations vary from state to state.
Can two cremations be performed at once?
Usually not, but under certain circumstances, it is feasible.
Can family witness cremation?
Yes, for a nominal fee. Our state-of-the-art cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
We have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment.
Place wrist identification on deceased.
- Deceased is placed in a consumable casket or alternative cremation container and the person's name is written directly on the container.
- Family signs an authorization for cremation, verifying the death of their loved one and giving us permission in writing to do the cremation.
- The county medical examiner or coroner acknowledges awareness of the death and verifies cause of death or requires an autopsy or investigation. The death is recorded with the county and a cremation permit is issued.
- The death certificate and medical examiners permits are filed with the state. Certified copies of the death certificate are available to the family and a state permit is issued, giving us the authority to perform cremation. Only now can the cremation be performed.
- The cremation is logged in in the record book. The name of the deceased, date, cremation chamber used, time started and operator's name are recorded. Copies of #3, 4 and 5 are attached to the outside of the cremation chamber.
- Paperwork is prepared in the office before cremation takes place. Following the completion of the cremation process, the cremated remains are placed in an urn or temporary container with the deceased name already on the container.
- The cremated remains are returned to the family. The family must show picture I.D. and sign a release stating that they are taking custody of the cremated remains.
Questions about Urns, Caskets, Embalming
Do I need an Urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary container.
Is a casket needed for cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required by state law , is a rigid container which is cremated with the body.
Is Embalming required prior to cremation?
Absolutely not, unless there is a public viewing.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, immediate family members may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation in our private viewing room. The deceased is first prepared for viewing. However, under certain circumstances embalming may be required, such as a public visitation.