cremation services in Penn Township, PA

How Do I Know I’ll Get My Loved One’s Remains?

Even as cremation services in Penn Township, PA and beyond grow in popularity, many people still have lots of questions and concerns when it comes to the process. One of the main concerns the bereaved have with cremation is how their loved one’s remains will be identified throughout the cremation process. Many people hear false horror stories of families being returned the wrong cremains, or just being given bags of wood ash or even of sand. These rumors lead to a lot of concern over the cremation identification process.

However, there is no reason for these concerns as all licensed cremation providers have thorough and effective identification procedures in place to ensure accuracy and dignity. Most licensed cremation providers are more than happy to walk clients through their individual identification process. Don’t be ashamed to ask for these details, as most businesses understand these concerns and are happy to help alleviate them. It’s important for you to be 100% comfortable with your provider and their practices.

It can be difficult to ask questions surrounding such delicate and potentially painful topics. If you’re unsure of what to ask surrounding identification during the cremation process, try these questions such as:

  • How can I be sure my loved one is the one you are cremating?
  • How can I be sure of this if I choose a cremation without a viewing?
  • How are the deceased identified?
  • How does this process change if I am not there when he or she passes?
  • In what ways do you certify that the ashes I am returned are those of my loved one?

If the cremation provider is unable or unwilling to answer questions such as these, consider taking your business elsewhere. It’s vital that you feel comfortable with the cremation process.

Remember, in most states, crematories are obligated to carry out two different identification processes to ensure the deceased are correctly identified based on the name provided by the authorized agent or the bereaved.

  • First, the deceased’s name, as provided by the bereaved or authorized agent, will be clearly listed on the cremation container.
  • Second, a metal bracelet, disk, or other tokens will be placed in the container with the deceased. This metal tag will not be broken down during the cremation process and will remain with the cremated ashes to further ensure identification.

If you’re still not comfortable, you can always ask for additional identification steps. You can ask for a detailed explanation of the cremation process in writing, have the cremation provider do a comparison of the deceased to a current photo of your loved one before the cremation begins, ask the cremation provider to do a final identification check based on a listed unique detail like a tattoo or birthmark.

funeral home in Penn Township, PA

Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. is here to help if you would like to learn more about the body identification process or Penn Township, PA cremation services. Stop by and visit us today or give us a call.