Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know I am receiving MY loved one back?
Each person we receive is issued an individual identification number disc when they are picked-up. This disc stays with them throughout the entire cremation process, and will be included, along with your loved one’s cremated remains, in the urn you have chosen. If this still does not lessen your concern, the crematory has a viewing room for you to observe your loved one’s cremation. Contact us or the Chace Family Crematory at (405)372-6025 for more information.
What is the cremation process?
Most people have a general idea of what cremation is, but are not sure of what the cremation process entails. Cremation is a process of very rapid oxidation of the body tissues. Individual human remains within a casket (or other suitable container) are placed in a cremation chamber where heat is applied with flames from a series of oil or gas jets, raising the temperature anywhere from 1400° - 1800° Fahrenheit. After approximately 2 to 3 hours, the intense heat and evaporation reduces the body to small bone fragments and ashes. The entire remaining ash and bone fragments are removed from the cremation chamber and run through a processor to become fine, uniform powder-like particles; these particles are known as cremated remains, or “ashes.” Once this process is finished, the remains are carefully placed in a temporary container or an urn chosen by the family.
How long until I receive my loved one back?
Although the cremation process is relatively short, there is paperwork that must be completed before it can take place. Cremation is a final decision that cannot be reversed, so we always take the time to get every signature needed to verify this is what the family wants. Also, to have a loved one cremated, we must receive an individual cremation permit number that is issued by the State Medical Examiner. Depending on how easily they can gain access to the information they need, it may take anywhere from hours to days to receive this permit back. Once signatures and permits are in place, we will make sure to have your loved one back to you as soon as possible.
Is Cremation Prohibited By The Church?
While the practice was almost totally disapproved of even decades ago, very few churches today are categorically opposed to cremation. Many churches are even building columbariums to better accommodate members who would prefer cremation. Please contact your church and local clergy members if you have any concerns.
If Desired, Where Can Cremated Remains Be Placed Permanently?
There are a couple of places cremated remains may be placed permanently: use of a columbarium niche at a church or cemetery, or lawn inurnment either in an urn garden or in other ground facilities in a cemetery.
What is a Columbarium?
A columbarium is a structure with an arrangement of recessed niches to hold cremation urns. Columbariums may be built inside or outside and they usually have a protective, ornamental front made of glass, bronze, marble, or other permanent materials.
Is pre-planning a possibility?
Yes. Simply contact Strode Funeral Home, and a Funeral Director will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.