Why Cremation?

At Jefferson Memorial, we own and operate our own crematory on cemetery grounds so that your loved one never leaves our care. We take ownership of the body and control all aspects of the cremation process. You can be comforted and assured that your loved one is always with us and cared for until returned to you. You may choose to witness the cremation or arrange for the cremains to be returned to you for personal use or memorialization in the cemetery.

If you would like to learn more about cremation or view our crematory please call (412) 655-4500 to arrange a tour and learn more about cremation memorialization and interment at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery.


What is Cremation?

Cremation by definition is the process by which the remains of a body are reduced to its basic elements - bone fragments, not ashes - through a process of heat and evaporation. Cremation is carried out by placing the Decedent’s remains in a casket or alternative container, which is then placed into a cremation chamber where intense heat and flame is applied. Afterwards, the cremated remains are removed from the chamber and placed into a temporary container unless an urn or other receptacle has been provided by the family.



The Cremation Process

When a death has occurred and cremation has been decided upon, a positive identification viewing is required first and foremost by closest next of kin. You have the option to oversee the cremation of your loved one at the crematory by witnessing the cremation container be placed into the cremation chamber from the viewing window. Furthermore, a family member has the option to start the cremation process from the remote start button. After the cremation has been completed, cremains are returned in a temporary, non-decorative plastic or tin container. As such, it is very common for family to place cremated remains in a decorative urn before interment or burial which we can provide if you would like to purchase a memorial urn.



 Cremation should be treated like a burial....

We truly believe a cremation should be treated like a traditional burial with a viewing or service that gives the family a chance to mourn and say goodbye to the loved one who has passed on. At Jefferson Memorial, nearly 50% of our cremations choose to hold a viewing or memorial service either before or after cremation. It is our deepest belief that having a chance to gather together with family, friends and community to share memories and remember the life of the deceased is the best method for beginning the grieving and mourning process. There are many options available for cremation services, from traditional visitation and viewing services, to graveside memorials and celebrant services. Let our licensed staff help you choose the best option for your family and give yourself the peace of mind knowing you made the right decision.

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