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Understanding Cremation


Understanding Cremation

Throughout history, many cultures have chosen cremation as a method of caring for the dead. In fact, cremation is still a time honored tradition in many European and Eastern countries. In recent years, it has become more popular in the U.S. and Canada. More people are choosing cremation today, simply as a matter of personal preference.  That is why Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home offers a Crematory on site operated with their certified staff. Our sincere desire is to help you understand the choices and identify your preferences, so you can make an informed decision with confidence.

Just like burial, cremation can occur after a funeral where the casket is present at one's place of worship or a funeral home. The only real difference between a funeral followed by burial and one followed by cremation, is that the body is taken to our crematory room after the service in lieu of a procession to the cemetery. As is customary, the funeral may be preceded by a period of visitation or a reception at the funeral home. Following the funeral, the body is cremated in the casket or placed in a special cremation container if a rental casket was selected. After cremation, a public or private service may be arranged for the final placement of the cremated remains.

A memorial service, like a funeral, is a service of remembrance, only without the body present. It may be held at a place of worship, the funeral home or any other appropriate location. Your Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home Director will assist in planning and organizing the service, and provide the necessary staff to direct the service. The urn with the cremated body, may be present for the memorial service, as the casket would be for a funeral. The family may hold a visitation or reception at the funeral home with or without the presence of the body. Frequently though, the body will be in a casket during this time for viewing, and then cremated before the memorial service. For many people this has important psychological value, allowing them a time to "say goodbye."

Candidly speaking Cremation is:

…a process to prepare a deceased human person for final disposition by reducing them to bone fragments and skeletal particles. The casket or container housing the body is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately three to five hours, all organic material is consumed by intense heat and flame. The remaining bone fragments are known as the cremated remains of the body or cremated body. The cremated body is then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Following this first step any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner. The cremated remains of the body are then processed into smaller particles and are placed in the urn selected by the family. The entire process takes approximately three-five hours. Throughout the cremation process, a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification.  Due to the irreversible nature of cremation, most states require a waiting period before the actual process may begin.  In Ohio, at least 24 hours must pass before cremation may be authorized, and several documents must be prepared and processed.

Cremation does not exclude the need to recognize an individual and a life lived; or the need for dignified and respectful treatment of a body including, when desired or necessary, cosmetic restoration, clothing, and other related care; or the need for a private or public gathering; either with or without ceremony or ritual; or the need to select and arrange for meaningful final placement of a body following cremation; or the need to permanently and appropriately memorialize the life and the individual.

Our on-premise Crematory assures you:

Your deceased family member never leaves our care

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We are among the very few funeral homes in Ohio to operate our own crematory inside our clean and secure facility. Ours is the only one in Miami and Champaign Counties. Similarly, we possess accommodations for sheltering/refrigeration of deceased people for periods of time. Some funeral homes have added “Crematory” or “Cremation Service” to their name and signs to provide an arguably false impression. 

Proper Documentation and Identification

It takes more effort to ensure that the cremation is handled with care, dignity, and high standards. To assure your loved one is being cared for appropriately, we adhere to a rigid identification process, documentation, and monitoring by various oversight authorities.

Your personal inspection is encouraged

We permit people to view our facility and speak openly with one of our Cremationists. We want you to possess a high comfort level that this unique service will be handled appropriately and with reverence.

Our staff members are certified

All of our Cremationists are also licensed Funeral Directors. No part-time or uncertified people are employed for this delicate procedure. We are members of the Ohio Crematory Operators Association, and Cremation Association of North America, and provide advanced certifications to our staff. We strictly adhere to a Cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty.


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for Cremation

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