Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home is also a Crematory. The cremation process is completed at the funeral home, by the funeral home staff, not at another facility, by strangers.
Other neighborhood funeral homes offer cremation service. They make the arrangements and get the documents signed by you, but then your loved one is transferred to another site and other people complete the cremation process.
Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues.
Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation.
No casket is legally required for cremation, just a simple container, which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.
No crematories accept metal caskets; most require the container to be combustible.
If the body is cremated:
Catholic church teachings insist that cremains be given the same respect as the body. They are not to be separated, but should be buried or entombed, preferably in a Catholic cemetery.
Other options include:
Why people choose cremation
Here are some other reasons you might choose cremation:
Decisions you must make if you choose cremation
Rebold, Rosenacker & Sexton Funeral Home is unique as they are the only funeral home in Western Hills that also operates their own crematory. There is no 3rd party transfer. They are also the crematory. Custody of the body does not change. Usually, the same staff member who takes custody of your loved one when they die is the same person who makes funeral arrangements with you, carries out the cremation process and returns the ashes or cremains to you when procedure is completed. What a comfort that must be, knowing that everything is accomplished at one place.
If you are distributing the remains
Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.
Also, ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain, or a ship to scatter them at sea.
Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favorite lake, or on the old family farm.
Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property.
What about using the remains to create new life, by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flowerbeds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one.
If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.