Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the cremation process at Spring Grove Cremation Society. For answers to all other cremation questions, call us at 513-853-6868.
What is cremation?
Cremation is simply the process of reducing the human body to particles and bone fragments using high heat and flame. It is not the scattering or burying of the ashes, and it is not a type of funeral service.
How long does cremation take?
That depends on the weight of the deceased, but cremation usually takes between two and three hours.
How soon after death is the cremation carried out?
We carry out the cremation approximately 3 to 5 business days after taking the deceased into our care as long as all paperwork and legal requirements are met. State law requires us to hold a body for no less than 24 hours before it is cremated.
Do I have to order a casket for the cremation?
No, you don’t. State law does not require it. All that is needed is a rigid, combustible container, which is called an alternative cremation container. Our basic cremation package includes a cardboard cremation container.
What happens after cremation?
At the end of the cremation process, we process the bone fragments to a consistent size and place them into a temporary or permanent urn.
Once the ashes are ready, we’ll take them to Spring Grove Cemetery for you to collect. We can also have them mailed to you by U.S. Priority Mail Express for a charge.
At some point you may want to consider the permanent placement of the ashes. We offer you several options, including communal or private inurnment above or below ground. We can also have them delivered or packaged and mailed to you by courier for a charge.
What do the ashes look like?
Cremated remains (or cremains) resemble coarse sand. They range in color from white to gray. Cremains weigh between four and eight pounds.
What are the ashes put in?
We use a sturdy plastic urn as a standard container. However, a variety of beautiful and personalized urns are also available. A variety of keepsakes and mementos are also available, some that hold a portion of the ashes.
How do I know I’ll get the right ashes?
Our crematory has strict procedures that all personnel must follow: only certified personnel can operate the equipment and everyone must use our positive identification system for the whole cremation process. Only one body is cremated at a time, in compliance with the law. We operate our own crematory and your loved one never leaves our care.
When do I get the ashes?
Once the ashes are ready, usually two to three days after the cremation, we will contact you. At some point you may want to consider the permanent placement of the ashes. We offer several options, including communal or private inurnment above or below ground.