submitted by Jason “Oz” Oszczakiewicz, Owner/Supervisor, Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc.
Many times families or individuals will contact a funeral home for a pre-arrangement or when a death occurs and state, “We just want a simple cremation.” What they may not be aware of, however, is that even though the services selected are more simplistic in nature, a family must still go over the same amount, or more, details than a traditional arrangement.
Funeral homes still must follow certain procedures. They must take custody of a loved one by transferring an individual from a place of passing. This requires a vehicle, a trained individual or more, special equipment to lift and transport a decedent and a licensed funeral facility to shelter an individual prior to cremation.
The funeral home must also have a physician sign a death certificate with a cause of death listed for state vital statistics. Once signed, the funeral home types the vital statistics onto the certificate and sends a copy to the Coroner’s Office in the county where the death occurred, excluding Philadelphia County. The coroner will approve the cause of death stated by the physician and issue a cremation permit to the funeral home.