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More and more families are choosing cremation because it provides more options to honor a life lived. Here at O.R. Woodyard, we are proud to own and operate our own crematory, which provides even greater flexibility for Memorialization Options while ensuring your loved one never leaves our expert care.

Request our free guide to learn more about our unique cremation specializations, including:

  • Transparent pricing: no hidden fees, ever.
  • Family owned and locally operated facility with a private, onsite crematory.
  • Expert care from trained, certified, and dedicated staff
  • A variety of unique urn styles
  • Cemetery options for permanent placement
  • Your complete satisfaction, always guaranteed

Common Questions

Why do you own and operate your own crematory?

We strive to ensure that your loved one receives the absolute best care and is always treated with the utmost dignity and respect. The only way to do that is to control every part of the cremation process. Our trained and certified staff supervise every phase, from start to finish, to ensure that your loved one will be safely returned to your care.

Can we still have a service when selecting cremation?

Yes, in fact our grief experts recommend a service to help facilitate the healing process. Our caring staff can help you find the right option for your loved one, which included but are not limited to the following options:

  • Funeral with a viewing, cremation to be held after.
  • Funeral without a viewing, cremation to be held after.
  • Memorial service at a traditional funeral home followed by interment of the ashes.
  • Memorial service at an outside venue.
  • Scattering of ashes at a location with meaning to the deceased.

What happens during cremation?

The entire cremation process takes approximately three hours to complete, though it will take more time for the family to actually receive the cremains. We conduct one cremation at a time with a carefully controlled labeling system used for identification throughout the process.

Once the remains are surrendered to the crematory, any medical devices (such as pacemakers) will be removed before the body is placed inside a cremation container. The container will then be placed inside the chamber, whose temperature is increased to approximately 1400°F to 1800°F. After a couple hours, all organic matter will have been consumed by heat or evaporation.

The bone fragments that remain are carefully removed from the chamber, cleared of all metal components, processed into a fine particulate that resembles ash and placed in a temporary container or an urn the family purchased.

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