What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Community Events

Hamilton's Funeral Homes host a variety of events to serve and give back to our community.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is cremation?

Cremating a deceased requires written permission by the person responsible for the disposition. Also, a Cremation Permit is required to be signed by a county Medical Examiner who has authority over all cremations.

Some survivors decide to be present during the cremation. They feel it is much the same as being present the cemetery for ground burial. Our crematory is conveniently located with comfortable surroundings. You are welcome to be present during all or part of the cremation.

Cremation is performed to prepare the deceased for memorialization and/or disposition. It is carried out by placing the deceased into a casket or alternative container and then placing the body into a cremation chamber, where the body is subjected to intense heat and flame. Each deceased is cremated individually. After about two and a half hours, all substances are consumed or driven off except bone fragments, residue from the container the deceased was cremated in, and any metal or other non-combustible material. Following a cooling period, the cremated remains are then swept from the cremation chamber. Unless otherwise specified, the cremated remains are then mechanically processed into a powder-like form prior to placement into the designated urn.

When visitation and /or a service has been scheduled prior to cremation, some prefer the design and ornamentation of traditional caskets. Caskets for cremation are crafted with the same quality and care as traditional caskets, but are simpler in design, made from different materials, and are typically less expensive than traditional caskets.

Many people decide to place the cremated remains into an urn. You can purchase the urn of your choice at our funeral home. There are many options for personalizing cremation urns, such as: engraving the name of the deceased, a photograph, special artwork which you select, or the addition of an applique. Also, urn vaults are often chosen to protect the urn when it is buried in the ground.

After the actual cremation, you must decide what to do with the cremated remains. Your options are: burial, scattering, or you can personally keep the cremated remains. When you choose disposition at a cemetery, it is important to coordinate the committal so that the grave opening, tent, chairs, and any other equipment that may be needed are available.

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