We’ve provided a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding our services and other activities related to funerals. If you don't see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to give you more information and clarify any of your concerns.
WHAT IS CREMATION?
Cremation is the process of returning the body to nature with the use of extreme heat, vaporization and oxidation. More and more people from all social, religious, and economic backgrounds are choosing cremation as an alternative to the expensive traditional funeral. This practice has been in use for centuries, and is accepted worldwide.
IS CREMATION AFFORDABLE?
Cremation is very affordable! Through our cremation services, we will perform cremation at a substantially lower cost since embalming and a casket are not required. Traditional funerals often exceed $8,000 and most people do not realize that cremation costs are significantly less.
CAN CREMATION INCLUDE A MEMORIAL SERVICE?
Yes, King of Prussia Crematory can help you plan for any kind of memorial service you desire. The service can be held at a place of worship, a cemetery, or at the Bacchi Funeral Home.
IF I WANT CREMATION, MUST I HAVE A COMPLETE FUNERAL?
No, a complete funeral is not necessary if all you want is a cremation.
IS CREMATION COMPLICATED?
No, it is perhaps the easiest way to ensure that your loved ones will not be faced with the burdens associated with a traditional funeral such as selecting a casket or arranging for a viewing.
MUST I BUY A CASKET IF I WANT CREMATION?
No, very few funeral homes own their own crematory, therefore they are at the mercy of their crematory provider. We have our own crematory and do not require a casket. We do provide a cardboard container for the deceased which is included in our price.
MUST I BE EMBALMED IF I WANT CREMATION?
No, Pennsylvania law states that 24 hours after death, the deceased must be either embalmed or refrigerated. Very few funeral homes have refrigeration. Therefore after 24 hours, most funeral homes may require that the deceased be embalmed. If they do not embalm, then that funeral home may be in violation of the law. We have refrigeration and it is included in the price.
CAN THE DECEASED BE CREMATED IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEATH?
No, Pennsylvania law states that you cannot cremate in the first 24 hours after death.
WHAT PAPER WORK IS REQUIRED BEFORE CREMATION CAN TAKE PLACE?
A signed death certificate from the attending physician or coroner is required. Once the death certificate has been completed, we must then receive permission to cremate from the county coroner. We also need written permission from the next-of-kin.
HOW DO WE DIFFER FROM THE AVERAGE FUNERAL HOME?
We specialize in CREMATION. We have our own crematory! We have refrigeration so embalming is not required! We service the entire state of Pennsylvania.