We are proud to own and operate our own crematory facility in Brook Park, Ohio. You can be comforted knowing that when choosing All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society, your loved one’s remains will never be transported to a facility that is used, owned, or operated by anyone other than our own staff. Many other funeral homes act as the middle-man and contract out to third party crematories. Because we manage all of the care under one roof, our general overhead is lower, and we are able to pass that savings on to you.
The container encasing the human remains is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. There is only space to accommodate one cremation container in our chamber at a time. After approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, almost all of the organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The remaining bone fragments are known as cremated remains or cremains. The cremains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber and placed into one of our provided temporary containers or in an urn purchased by the family. The entire process takes approximately three hours. Throughout the cremation process, a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification.
The reasons for choosing cremation are as varied and unique as the individuals selecting it. Some choose cremation based on their feelings toward environmental issues and land usage. For many, it is a choice that reflects the individual’s philosophical or religious beliefs. Others choose cremation to simplify the experience and as a cost saving alternative to cumbersome and expensive traditional funeral ritual.
All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society’s belief is that cremation does not limit your choices; rather it expands the ability to honor the life of the deceased by allowing many options for the living to pay their respects. When cremation is chosen, survivors are still able to pay their respects prior to cremation, be present for and witness cremation, hold a memorial service in a favorite location, keep the remains in the home, place them in a cemetery, or scatter them in a special area. With cremation, the choices are limitless and provide additional time for friends and family to gather.
According to the National Funeral Director Association (NFDA), cremation was the disposition of choice in about 42% of all deaths in the United States in the year 2011. It is projected that the percentage will rise to about 46% in 2015 and 59% in 2025. These figures represent the United States as a whole.
Religious positions vary widely regarding cremation. Some require it, others disallow or advise against it, and others take no position at all. Most, however, will allow you to decide. If you are uncertain as to the position your religion embraces, you should seek counsel directly with a member of your clergy.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law (canon 1176) states, “The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the dead be observed; it does not however, forbid cremation unless it has been chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching.” If cremation is chosen, the Church prefers that the body of the deceased be present during funeral rites, with cremation taking place later. However, if this is impossible, a funeral may take place in a church with the cremated remains present. The remains are then to be buried with full reverence in a cemetery or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium, and whenever possible a plaque or stone bearing the name of the deceased should mark the site. The Catholic Church does not approve of scattering remains, as it does not believe that scattering meets the requirements of reverent disposition.
Because of the irreversible nature of cremation, a positive identification of the deceased is necessary prior to cremation. The state of Ohio requires a 24 hour holding period in our facility before cremation. We also are required to have certain documents completed prior to cremation that include a physician-signed death certificate, a permit to cremate, and cremation authorization signed by the next of kin. Also, certain medical devices such as pacemakers and radioactive implants, must be removed. Any personal items you wish to retain such as jewelry, should also be removed. Items not removed will be destroyed during the cremation process or otherwise disposed of in a non-recoverable manner. If requested, a small number of personal items may be placed with the deceased prior to cremation. These items will remain with the deceased and will be consumed during the cremation process. Specific requests are generally not a problem but must be coordinated in advance.
Founded in 2004 by Ohio Licensed Funeral Director Patrick Mahoney and affiliated with a firm with its roots in funeral and cremation service since 1927, All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society has quickly and quietly become one of Northeast Ohio’s leading and largest providers of simple, dignified, and affordable cremation, memorial, and church funeral services. With nearly 80 years of experience in serving families across the State of Ohio and beyond, we have assisted thousands of families in planning and conducting funeral and cremation services. Today, our focus remains on educating our communities and providing resources to caregivers and families seeking simple cremation, memorial, and funeral services.