How to Arrange For Cremation

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Arranging a cremation is an important part of the service we offer. Whether you choose direct cremations (without having any funeral services) or a cremation with a funeral service, it all happens in much same way-the details may vary depending on what feels right for your family’s needs!

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. You will also need to decide whether you want to have a funeral service and a memorial along with the cremation or would you rather to keep it simple with direct cremation.

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.

How to Arrange Cremation in NY?

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.

How to Arrange a Direct Cremation?

There are a few things to keep in mind when arranging a direct cremation. First, contact a local funeral home or cremation provider and ask about their process and what they require. They will likely need some basic information about the deceased such as their name, date of birth, and Social Security number. You’ll also need to decide on the time and place of the cremation, as well as whether you’d like any memorial services to be held before or after the cremation. Once all of these details have been decided, the funeral home or cremation provider will take care of the necessary arrangements and paperwork.

Direct cremations are simple and straightforward, giving families the freedom to focus on grieving.

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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.

Whether you need immediate assistance arranging a cremation, or you simply have some questions that need answering, our team at Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home is here for you. You can visit our funeral home at 483 Chenango St., Binghamton, NY 13901, or you can call us today at (607) 722-4023. We would be honored to assist you in any way we can.

Cremation FAQs

When Did Cremation Begin in the United States?

The first crematorium in the United States began operations in 1876 in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, the few people who were cremated had done so abroad. Cremation gradually grew in popularity and by 1914, it accounted for about 4% of all funerals in the United States. However, its popularity declined during World War I because of concerns that it was un-American and because of the shortage of wood for coffins. After the war, cremation regained its popularity and by 1960, it had become the preferred method of burial in the United States. Today, about 50% of all deaths result in cremation.

How Much Does Cremation Cost in NY?

The average cost of cremation in the United States is around $1,700. However, this price can vary significantly depending on location. The average cremation cost in New York is about $2,000. However, this price can vary depending on the services that are selected and the funeral home that is used. The exact funeral costs will be determined by the final selections that you or the families make.

Is There a Weight Limit for Cremation?

Yes, there is a weight limit for cremation. Most funeral homes have a weight limit of 300 pounds for cremation. This is because the average cremation chamber is only able to accommodate one standard size casket, which typically has a weight limit of 300 pounds. However, some funeral homes do have larger cremation chambers that are able to accommodate two or more caskets at once. If you are arrangements are being made for someone who exceeds the weight limit, you should ask the funeral home if they have a larger chamber or if they will be able to make arrangements with another funeral home that does.