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Cremation

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.

 

Cremation Choices

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:

  1. Cremains taken home by the family.
  2. You may take the cremains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  3. The cemains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  4. The cremains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  5. The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.
     

Why people choose cremation

  • In the United States, in 1972, only five percent chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation.  Now we approach 30%.
  • Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honor the memory of the person, not the dead body.
     

Here are some other reasons you might choose cremation:

  • Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area
  • You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements
    • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly.
  • You have environmental concerns
    • Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode ... metal coffins and concrete vaults.
  • You want to keep the costs down
    • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.
    • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.
       

Decisions you must make if you choose cremation

  • Who will do the cremation (a funeral home or a firm that specializes in 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.

  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the remains
     

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.

3700 Glenmore Ave., PO Box 11280 | Cincinnati, OH 45211 | Phone: 513-661-6200 | Fax: 513-661-7286 | Email: info@rebold.com
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