How to Arrange a Cremation

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Arranging cremations is a part of the cremation services we provide to you and your family. Whether you choose a direct cremation (no service before the cremation) or a cremation with a funeral service, the process of arranging a cremation is the same.

The first step in arranging a cremation is having the funeral home transport the body to the funeral home after your loved one has died.

If your loved one died in a hospital, the medical staff there may notify the funeral home so that the body can be transported. If your loved one died in home hospice care, then you will notify the hospice nurse (if they are not there) of the death, and they will come and call the funeral home for transportation as part of their attending duties.

Some states (New York has no such requirement) require at least 24 hours before someone is cremated, so even if you choose direct cremation, it will necessarily be delayed until such time limit has passed (usually 24-72 hours depending on state law where the death occurred). There is a lot of paperwork, which your funeral director will take care of, that must be done for cremations. This is to ensure that cremations are done professionally and compassionately.

A death certificate is needed before your loved one can be cremated. The death certificate is a document that needs information from the medical staff taking care of your loved one and from the funeral director. Be sure to have your loved one’s personal information, such as date of birth, full name, and profession ready when you go to the funeral home.

You will also need to complete a cremation authorization form for your loved one who has died. If there are additional forms required by New York, your funeral director will have them all and will make sure they are completed.

The only requirement for the container used to hold the body during a cremation is that it be combustible (wood, particle board or cardboard). The Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home offers you a wide array of options to choose from to meet your needs and preferences.

Your loved one’s cremation remains will be returned to the funeral home in a temporary container, so selecting an urn is a decision that will need to be made. The Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home provides a wide selection of urns and keepsake sharing urns and jewelry to meet your tastes and needs.

Generally the cremated remains will be available from the crematory within 24-48 hours from the time we delivered the deceased to the crematory.

Once the cremated remains are ready, they will be returned to the funeral home. You have several options for their final disposition. If you choose burial in a cemetery plot or an urn garden or storage in a columbarium niche, the funeral director will take care of all the necessary paperwork and details to get this done.

If you decide to do something else or you don’t know what you want to do yet, you can take the cremated remains home with you.

Arranging cremations is included in the cremations services we offer, so you can depend on our compassionate and experienced team at Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home to help you. You can visit our funeral home at 483 Chenango St., Binghamton, NY 13901, or you can call us today at (607) 722-4023.