I recently was asked “The people who do it (cremation) Do they cremate one body at a time? or is it more than one?
In the state of Ohio, it is possible to arrange a cremation with more than one body at a time but the deceased must be related and have died within one year of each other. I have quoted the Ohio Revised code below.
4717.24 Cremation authorization form.
(7) A statement of whether the crematory facility is authorized to simultaneously cremate the decedent in the same cremation chamber with one or more other decedents who were related to the decedent named in the cremation authorization form by consanguinity or affinity or who, at any time during the one-year period preceding the decedent’s death, lived with the decedent in a common law marital relationship or otherwise cohabited with the decedent. A cremation authorization form executed under this section shall not authorize the simultaneous cremation of a decedent in the same cremation chamber with one or more other decedents except under the circumstances described in the immediately preceding sentence.
This is the information that must appear on the funeral home or cremation providers authorization for cremation and disposition. If the family desires to arrange a cremation of more than one decedent at the same time, they must initial next a statement similar to the one contained in the Ohio Revised code.
As the owner of All Ohio Cremation & Burial Society based in Cleveland, Ohio, www.allohiocremation.com I can honestly tell you that in order to perform a cremation with more than 1 body at a a time you would need to find a provider with a machine designed to cremate obese cases. This is not always easy depending on the age of the equipment.
Hope this information helps. Check your state’s revised code or with the state board that oversees funeral directors, embalmers, crematories and cemeteries.