Cremating multiple bodies at one time

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, 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.

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3 Responses to Cremating multiple bodies at one time

  1. Thank you for this interesting information. I know for a fact that where our business is located in New Jersey that is illegal, but am intrigued to find out which other states if any allow this practice.

  2. Renata says:

    I am a whole body donor to medical scicnee for gross anatomy dissection, and if resomation becomes a more ecologically suitable disposition for cadaver remains, there should be no problems in approving this process as a chemical incineration . The bone shadows described are actually the phosphate and calcium components of our bones, which make an excellent fertilizer. Personally, I would consent to having my bone shadows commingled with those of other people who were body donors, in order to fertilize a rose garden or a tree, as a final disposition.

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