Cremation FAQ

Do all funeral homes perform cremations?

No. Even though many funeral homes will advertise as crematories or list cremation as an offered service, most funeral homes do not physically perform cremations. They usually employ a third party crematory and drop the deceased person off and pick them up after the cremation has taken place. Understandably, this procedure makes many people question the level of their loved one’s care. Another concern comes from the fact that third party crematories allow non-licensed individuals to operate their crematory.

At Beinhauer’s, we operate our own crematory, on-site at our Dormont facility. Only licensed and trained funeral directors perform cremations. For all cremations, we require that each person be positively identified in the cremation casket or approved container in which they will be cremated. This prevents any confusion and ensures that each family can feel peace of mind knowing that their loved one’s identity will always be confirmed and that their loved one will never leave our care.

What does a cremated body look like?

While the mainstream public envisions ‘ashes’ when thinking about a cremated body, they are mistaken. During cremation, a person’s body is reduced by flame, but there is still texture to the remains left behind. Think of coarse sand with uneven-sized pieces. Most adult persons’ cremated body weighs between 5-7 lbs and is a chalky white color.

Who can authorize a cremation?

As with any funeral plans, it is important that your family know your wishes so that they can adequately accommodate them after you have died. Because of the serious nature of cremation and its inability to be undone, it is imperative that each person who is to be cremated be positively identified. It is also required that the next of kin be in agreement of the cremation and sign a legal document that confirms their permission.