Frequently Asked Questions

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Cremation FAQ

Why choose Spring Grove Cemetery and the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home for your cremation services? What sets us apart?

Is it advisable to arrange for cremations in advance? 

Can I have a funeral if I am choosing to be cremated? 

Is a funeral director necessary when choosing cremation? 

Is embalming necessary if choosing cremation? 

Are more people choosing cremation today? 

How is a cremation service different from a traditional funeral service? 

Is a casket required for cremation? 

How is cremation accomplished? 

Isn't cremation an end in itself? 

What memorialization choices are available for cremation? 

Cremated remains can be buried in the ground at the cemetery?

Do you scatter in the ground? Or do you have a "scattering garden?”

How does the cost of cremation compare with burial or entombment? 

 

Why choose Spring Grove Cemetery and the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home for your cremation services? What sets us apart?

  • The Gwen Mooney Funeral Home and Spring Grove Cemetery offer Cincinnati’s newest state-of-the art crematory located in our funeral home on the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery. While most other funeral homes take the deceased to an off-premise crematory that is not owned, operated, or supervised by them, your loved one never leaves our care.
  • Our crematory technicians are all certified by CANA (Cremation Association of North America) and must be re-certified periodically. Our crematory is supervised by a highly professional staff.
  • Our crematory has a family witnessing room located adjacent to the cremation area. The family may witness the initial process of inserting the cremation container into the cremation unit. If they choose, they can also spend time awaiting completion of the cremation process, which takes about two hours.
  • To prove our company’s commitment to high cremation operating standards, our crematory is open for inspection by any family, anytime during normal operating business hours.
  • Our ten step “Cremation with Confidence” program proves that we are the cremation experts in the greater Cincinnati area. 
1. Your loved one never leaves our care.
Many other funeral homes hire third party crematories, typically located in a warehouse district. These funeral homes transfer your loved one to outside cremation services, making it impossible for the funeral home to manage and supervise the cremation. We have our own crematory, so all your services are handled and managed by our certified staff and your loved one never leaves our care.
 
2. Safeguarding personal identity.
To ensure security, a personal identification band is placed on your loved one at the moment your loved one is transferred to our care.
 
3. Unique tracking system
Upon arrival, your loved one is logged into our tracking system and assigned an identification number, which is stamped into a metal identification tag. This number is used to track every phase of the cremation process. Our tracking system includes date and time of arrival at our facility and name of the transfer technician. Personal belongings are catalogued and placed in a secure area for their return to the family.
 
4. Family identification
Our staff will bathe and dress your loved one in the clothes provided by the family or a gown we provide. Then, we will ask you, or a representative, to positively identify him or her prior to cremation.
 
5. Checks and balances
Two individuals, a cremation technician and a funeral home
staff member, will review all cremation paperwork and permits. This is to ensure authorizations and permits have been received and have been properly documented. Once all documentation is verified, both staff members must sign the cremation order prior to the cremation.
 
6. Cremation log book
Immediately prior to the cremation process, your loved one is taken to the cremation chamber and their personal identification is noted in our cremation log book. This log shows the name of the individual, date and time of the cremation, identification number and crematory operator’s name. Our crematory log is dated and the start time is noted and initialed by a cremation technician before and after the cremation.
 
7. Details during the cremation
The crematory checklist, identification card and metal identification tag are placed on the outside of the cremation chamber during the cremation process.
 
8. Details after the cremation
After the cremation is complete, the cremated remains are placed with the metal identification tag into an urn. The identification card is placed in our permanent files.
 
9. Return of the cremated remains
Our staff will notify you to schedule a time for receipt of the cremated remains. At this time, we will provide a dignified setting in which to receive the urn where you may spend a few moments, privately, in quiet reflection.
 
10. Celebration of life
We will assist in planning a funeral or memorial service, either before or after the cremation, which will appropriately celebrate the life of your loved one. A meaningful ceremony provides an opportunity for family and friends to pay tribute to your loved one and to share the memories of a lifetime.

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Is it advisable to arrange for cremations in advance?
Yes. The subject should certainly be resolved among family members since that determination will have to be made at the time of death. The family should visit the funeral home and cemetery to learn what is offered in the way of services and memorial property. The family should consult together ahead of time to decide what is best for all. Arrangements for memorialization also should be made at this time. This way one of life's most difficult decisions need not be made alone at a time of grief and confusion.

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Can I have a funeral if I am choosing to be cremated?
Yes. The Gwen Mooney Funeral Home offers several cremation packages which include visitations and life celebrations prior to or after the cremation. Please refer to the Cremation Packages and Services section of our website for prices on our cremation services.

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Is a funeral director necessary when choosing cremation?
Most governmental jurisdictions require a licensed person to transport a body and to obtain the necessary permits for cremation. Funeral directors are among those so licensed and are the only ones permitted to do so in some jurisdictions. Normally, the funeral director performs the same professional functions regarding cremations as in any other service.

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Is embalming necessary if choosing cremation?
No, but the factors of time, health, possible legal regulations, religious beliefs, or choosing a visitation with the body present may make embalming prior to cremation either appropriate or necessary. As a point of information, heart pacemakers or similar devices should be removed, because they may become dangerous when subjected to the extreme heat of the cremation chamber.

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Are more people choosing cremation today?
Yes. In recent years the percentage of cremations to deaths has been increasing steadily in both the United States and Canada. Cremation is accepted by followers of most religious faiths today including the Catholic Church.

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How is a cremation service different from a traditional funeral service?
It isn't different – or, it doesn't have to be. The extent and the content of a cremation service is entirely subject to the wishes of the family. They may choose as much formality or as little as they want, and they also have more options when cremation is chosen. A memorial service with a viewing of the body may be requested prior to the cremation, or quite often, a memorial service is held after the cremation has occurred so that the family can gather at a convenient time for the final committal of the cremated remains.

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Is a casket required for cremation?
Most crematories associated with CANA require that the body at least be enclosed and in an acceptably rigid container. This container or casket must be strong enough to assure the protection of the health and safety of the operator. It should provide a proper covering for the body and meet reasonable standards of respect and dignity. Some crematories will accept metal caskets, but most require that the casket or container be fashioned of a combustible material. The body is cremated in the same enclosure in which it arrives at the crematory.

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How is cremation accomplished? 
The enclosed body is placed in the cremation chamber where through heat and evaporation the body is reduced to its basic elements which are referred to as cremated remains. It may surprise many to learn that ashes are not the final result since cremated remains have neither the appearance nor the chemical properties of ashes -- they are, in fact, bone fragments. Depending upon the size of the body, there are normally three to nine pounds of fragments resulting. After preparation, these elements are either placed in a permanent urn or in a temporary container that is suitable for transport.

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Isn't cremation an end in itself?
Some people may regard cremation as the final disposition, but many families feel that the cremated remains of someone they love should be given a final resting place that can identified by the name and dates. This is memorialization. Most families find that a memorial, regardless of its size, serves a basic human need to remember and to be remembered.

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What memorialization choices are available for cremation?
A final resting place for cremated remains can be provided by various means. The family may choose from an urn for permanent containment of the cremated remains or choose from many options within the cemetery for a final resting place. Cremated remains may be buried and memorialized in a land space, a mausoleum, or a columbarium niche. Niches are recessed and memorialized compartments enclosed by marble or glass to protect the engraved or ornate urn.

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Cremated remains can be buried in the ground at the cemetery?
Yes, cremated remains may be placed in a ground interment space inside a cremation vault or biodegradable urn.

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Do you scatter in the ground? Or do you have a "scattering garden?”
Spring Grove Cemetery offers a unique version of scattering in a natural Cremation Woodland area (located in section in 142F). Cremated remains are placed inside a biodegradable urn, allowing the remains to join with the earth once the urn degrades naturally. Neither Spring Grove Cemetery nor Oak Hill Cemetery offer “scattering gardens.” Both cemeteries prohibit the scattering of cremated remains on the premises. Please contact a cemetery advisor for more information on the Cremation Woodland.

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How does the cost of cremation compare with burial or entombment?
The basic charge for just cremation is somewhat less than traditional burial. However, with so many items of service available to the family both in the funeral service before and in the mode of disposition after, it's not possible to make an accurate comparison. Again, the family has the option to select as much or as little as they choose. With cremation, more options may be available since a memorial service may be held after cremation has occurred when the family can gather at a convenient time for the final committal of the cremated remains.

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Obituaries

Ann M. Cress, 66
Born: Thursday, February 09, 1950
Died: Sunday, December 04, 2016

Robert Prather, 76
Born: Saturday, June 08, 1940
Died: Friday, December 02, 2016

Robert C. Prather, Jr., 76
Born: Saturday, June 08, 1940
Died: Friday, December 02, 2016

Barbara A. Leach, 70
Born: Saturday, October 12, 1946
Died: Thursday, December 01, 2016

William "Bull" Droppelman, 78
Born: Wednesday, March 02, 1938
Died: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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