Full Service Cremation

Griffiths Funeral Homes Cremation and Funeral Services New Ringgold, PA Full Service Cremation

When accessing information thru our funeral home, we are a full service provider.  This simply means that when selecting Cremation Services whether a simple cremation or traditional funeral with cremation as a means of disposition to memorial options,  you will receive the complete energies of our staff and access to our facilities.  From professional knowledge, coordinating services, and post funeral care that saves families hardship and money to various payment options.

Our staff  realize that these services may not be needed in some case, or that families now wish to self direct.

Please call at anytime to find out the difference between a Full  Service and Self-Guided Cremation.

Many times I or my staff will direct you for we recognize our  fiduciary responsibility to all we serve.


E. Franklin "sank" Griffiths III

The Cremation Process Step-by-Step

What is the cremation process from start to finish? 


Step 1. The Body of The Deceased Is Identified

The identification process varies from state to state. But all process in handling the body of the deceased and the procedures involved by the mortuary is under the directive and accordance under the funeral industry’s recommendations. A metal ID tag is then placed on the body and will remain throughout the entire duration of the cremation process as the final identification of the cremains.

Step 2. Authorization to Proceed with The Procedure

The funeral home must have official approval to proceed with the cremation. The person who made the final arrangements must complete the paperwork that authorizes the crematory to proceed. The paperwork also contains information regarding the type of container to hold the cremated remains. Lastly, the person that will be responsible to receive the cremains.

Step 3. The Body Is Prepared for Cremation

The mortician starts by cleaning and dressing the body. For direct cremation, the body is not embalmed unless the family requests public viewing. Jewelry and other items are removed for the loved ones to keep. Medical devices such as prosthetics that are battery-operated are removed to prevent contamination. The body is then placed in a combustible container but strong enough to hold the weight.

Step 4. Moving the Body into The Cremation Chamber

The body is then placed inside the cremation chamber in which the body is exposed to extreme temperatures reaching up to1,800 degrees Fahrenheit leaving only ashes. The entire duration of the cremation process usually takes at least 2 hours, then the cremated remains are then cooled in preparation for final verification.

Step 5. Finalizing the Cremains

After the cremation, the cremated remains are inspected for any metal fragments by hand or a magnet is hovered over the ashes to remove items such as pins, screws, and joints that are surgically implanted during the life of the deceased.

Step 6. Transferring the Cremated Remains 

The remains are placed in a temporary container or an urn and returned to the family.