Where is cremation performed?
There are very few crematories compared to the number of funeral homes.  Most funeral homes transport individuals entrusted to their care to an offsite crematory for refrigerated storage and/or cremation. Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home has it's own private Gentle Care Crematory.  Cremation takes place on our premises and families meet our trained staff caring for their loved one.  Your family member will not leave our care during the entire cremation process.

How quickly will my loved one's remains be returned?
Factors that determine when cremation can occur and accordingly, when cremated remains can be returned include:

  • 24 hour waiting period mandated by the State of Pennsylvania
  • Physician completion of death certificate
  • Coroner/medical examiner authorization
  • Next of kin authorizations

 If all of the above requirements are met, it is possible that cremated remains can be returned within 48 hours.  However, it is not uncommon for a loved one to remain in the care of the funeral home or crematory for several days while legal requirements are satisfied.

Regardless of the waiting period, at our, Gentle Care Crematory, we provide reverent, private refrigeration instead of community refrigeration until cremation can take place.

Does co-mingling of cremated remains occur?
Through the process of cremation, much of an individual is returned to the universe in the form of energy.  The bone fragments that remain are the cremated remains. Crematories can take extreme care in recovering cremated remains before performing the next cremation, but it is impossible to keep microscopic co-mingling from occurring.

At our, Gentle Care Crematory, we do take extreme care.   After a cremation, instead of relying solely on brushes, we employ a unique recovery system to ensure dust-size particles are removed from the cremator.  Co-mingling is therefore reduced to an absolute minimum. 

How can I be certain my loved one’s cremated remains - and not someone else’s cremated remains - will be returned to me?

There are a variety of ways that funeral homes and crematories use to verify and maintain the identity of individuals to be cremated.  All such methods are based on the paramount goal of returning the correct cremated remains.

Our Gentle Care Crematory, employs a patented method that provides families true peace of mind in knowing they have received the cremated remains of their loved one.  In the presence of a family, the funeral director places an irremovable bracelet upon the loved one’s wrist.  The special bracelet withstands the cremation process and will be present with the cremated remains that are returned to the family. This permanent form of identification avoids the pitfalls of other methods and eliminates the possibility of mistaken identity. 

If you have other questions, please call or request a tour of our facility!  We will be proud to show you our Gentle Care Crematory.

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