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When considering cremation, today's families are concerned with many complex issues: how cremation affects the environment (especially when compared to traditional burial), personal finances and faith being amongst the top three. If you, or a family member, are curious about cremation or wondering if cremation is the right option for your situation, we invite you to read the articles in this section. And of course, if you have concerns or additional questions, we ask that you Contact Us and we will be pleased to take part in your cremation conversation. 


Once the cremation-over-burial decision has been made, all that's required is authorization. This is provided by the person who is the legally identified or appointed next-of-kin. Once all authorization documents are signed, and service charges are paid; the body can be transported from the place of death to the crematory and the cremation process can take place. However, there are some additional things you may wish to consider, such as:

  • Is there a special set of clothes (such as a military uniform or favorite dress) your loved one would appreciate the thought of wearing? This will be a focus of the cremation arrangement conversation, and you will be advised by your funeral director as to your best options regarding jewelry or other valuable personal items.
  • Are there any keepsake items you'd like to include in their cremation casket? Perhaps there's a special memento, such as a treasured photograph or letter? We sometimes suggest family members write cards, notes or letters to their deceased loved one, and place them in the casket prior to the cremation.
  • Would you or other family members like to be present for–or participate to some degree in–your loved one's cremation? Because we know how healing it can be to take part in an act of "letting go", we welcome the opportunity to bring interested family or friends into the crematory. Please discuss your desire to participate with your funeral director.
  • What will you keep the cremated remains or ashes in after the cremation or the service? Many families are simply unaware that they can purchase a cremation urn to be placed in a special place such as the family home. We offer a large selection of urns that will help memorialize your loved one. Ask one of our caring funeral director's to see the wide variety of urns.

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We are caring cremation experts who promise each family we serve the highest level of:

  • Courteous, professional service. Our dedicated staff will take care of all details, including prompt filing of required permits and notifications. Accurate completion of these essential documents not only ensures their acceptance by local or state agencies; it guarantees your loved one's cremation will not be delayed.
  • Respectful care of the deceased and timely completion of cremation process. Your loved one will be attended to by certified crematory operators; each of whom has been trained to provide both compassionate care for the deceased, and conscientious attention to detail throughout the cremation process.
  • Safekeeping and prompt return of cremated remains. We know it's important for the families we serve to know their loved one will be coming home as soon as possible. That's why we promise to notify you as soon as their ashes become available, and safeguard their urn until the time you are ready to receive them.
  • A memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased. There are many advantages to taking some time to remember the life lived, share stories and laugh about all of the memories. Our team can help you plan a fitting memorial service with or without the cremation urn present, at our facility or in a place of your choosing.

We offer three cremation options; each can be modified to meet your needs:

  1. Traditional cremation services. These are much like a traditional funeral. The body of the deceased, placed in a specially-selected cremation casket or a rental casket, is the focal point of the service. A visitation can take place prior to the funeral service and the cycle is completed with the cremation rather than a traditional burial. Once the cremation has occurred, the cremated remains are returned to your family. You can then decide to scatter the ashes, bury at a local cemetery, or retain the cremated remains in an urn.
  2. Memorial gathering after the cremation has taken place. This can occur at any time after the cremation process. The urn is usually on display at the service, which can take place in any setting preferred by the family.
  3. Direct cremation. This involves completion of all required paperwork and the transportation of the deceased from the hospital, home, nursing facility, or coroner's office to the crematory.


Cremation has been a part of the human death experience for a very long time. If you would like to understand more about the cremation process we invite you to read this section. We'll also take a look at cremation costs that will help you with your decision.

Traditional cremation is the process of reducing a body at very high temperatures until it is nothing but brittle, calcified bones. These are then processed into what we commonly call ashes. Returned to the family in a temporary urn (or a more personal urn selected by the family), these ashes can be kept, buried, or scattered. Some families even choose to place a loved one's cremated remains in a hand-crafted piece of cremation art.

The container housing the remains, which can be a casket or an alternative container, is placed in the retort or cremating chamber. It takes anywhere from two to three hours to reduce an average adult to skeletal remains. When the cremated remains are cooled, they are processed to a uniformly-sized pebble-like substance and placed in an urn or temporary container. The funeral director then returns the cremated remains to the family.

Reasons for choosing Cremation

Cremation is becoming an increasingly common choice among families in Delaware County, Chester County & Philadelphia. We understand that this is not an easy topic to think about and discuss with your family.

The reasons for choosing cremation in Delaware County, Chester County & Philadelphia are varied and personal. You may choose cremation based on environmental considerations, philosophical or religious reasons, or even because you feel it is simpler or less complicated.

You may also choose cremation because it can be less expensive than traditional burial, although local cremations vary widely in price and cost based on your personal selections.

Regardless of the reason, cremation is only half of the story. Your plans for a viewing, visitation, funeral, or memorial service don’t have to change if you choose cremation.

Just as with traditional burial, a local funeral director or preneed specialist can help you to plan your services, whether they happen before or after cremation. There are a variety of options available, some of these include:

  • Cremation following a funeral service and visitation
  • Memorial service with or without the cremated ashes present
  • Religious service
  • Direct cremation with no service


Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or it was requested by the person who died. Cremation services are also a less expensive option in comparison to a burial. The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or a crematory where through intense heat is reduced to bone fragments that are then crushed and pulverized to resemble course sand. The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 7-8 pounds. Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition.

The Cremation Association of North America cremation as, "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments". On our page, The Cremation Process, we offer a deeper look at the most common cremation process which uses extreme heat.

As we said earlier, people choose cremation over burial of casketed remains for any combination of reasons. Sometimes it's the simple fear of burial itself, which may stem directly from the Victorian phobia of being buried alive.

Cremated remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn. There are many new and different ways to dispose of ashes today, cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.

Some religions welcome cremation services while others forbid them. The Catholic Church had banned cremation up until 1963, and burial remains the preferred form of disposition today. Our informative brochure on cremation for Catholics takes an in-depth look at the changes within the Church and the effects they have had. In other Christian denominations cremation was historically discouraged but nowadays it is more widely accepted. In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, while in Islam it is strictly forbidden. Orthodox Jews also forbid cremation while other sects of Judaism support cremation, but burial remains the preferred option.


Cremation costs vary dramatically depending on the services selected. Some cremation services can be priced comparable to that of a traditional burial. Visit our page, Our Cremation Options to see all the options available. While it's true that cost is a big factor for many families, it's important to remember that cremation is simply a form of disposition, an alternative to burial or entombment, not funeral services as a whole. Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is important and can be achieved with a memorial service. Bringing family and friends together provides everyone with the opportunity to share memories and receive support.

Cremation Integrity Guaranteed

Logan Funeral Homes offers this guarantee to ensure you that your loved ones’ remains are respectfully cared for before, during, and after cremation. We utilize sophisticated identification procedures similar to those used in hospitals to give you and your loved ones peace of mind and a high degree of confidence in the cremation process.

Contact us anytime to discuss your options or schedule an appointment:

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Frequently Asked Questions about Cremation

While laws vary state by state, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.  In Pennsylvania, there are no state laws controlling where you may keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. If you wish to scatter ashes, you have many options. Generally, use common sense and refrain from scattering ashes in places where they would be obvious to others.

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Additional Frequently asked questions

What is a crematorium?

A crematorium is a facility or building specifically designed and equipped for the process of cremating human remains. It is a specialized facility with one or multiple crematories where bodies are cremated, usually through the use of high temperatures, to reduce them to their basic elements, primarily bone fragments. Crematoriums typically have one or more cremation chambers, also known as retorts or cremation ovens, which are capable of reaching and maintaining the high temperatures required for the cremation process. These facilities often have dedicated spaces for mourners to gather, such as chapels or viewing rooms, where funeral or memorial services can take place before or after the cremation. The ashes resulting from the cremation process are generally returned to the family or designated recipients for final disposition. Crematoriums may be owned and operated by private entities, religious organizations, municipalities, or funeral service providers.

How long does the cremation process last in a crematory?

The duration of the cremation process in a crematory can vary depending on several factors, including the size and weight of the body, the type of cremation equipment used, and the specific protocols followed by the crematory. Some crematories are more efficient than other crematories, so it takes less time for the cremation process. On average, the cremation process typically takes anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. However, it's important to note that this is an estimate and the actual duration may vary. Some cremations may be completed in a shorter period of time, while others, particularly for larger individuals, may take longer. It's best to consult with the specific crematory for more precise information regarding their processes and estimated timeframes.

What happens to the ashes after someone is cremated in Pennsylvania?

In PA, the handling and disposition of cremated remains, or ashes, are governed by state laws and regulations. Generally, there are several options for the final disposition of ashes after someone is cremated in PA:

  • The cremated remains can be returned to the family or designated recipient. The family can decide how to handle the ashes, whether to keep them at home, place them in an urn or other container, or scatter them in a location of significance.
  • The ashes can be buried in a cemetery or burial plot. PA law allows for the burial of cremated remains in cemeteries, either in traditional burial plots or in specific sections designated for cremated remains.
  • A columbarium is a structure or dedicated area within a cemetery or mausoleum designed to house urns containing cremated remains. Families may choose to place the urn with the ashes in a niche within a columbarium.
  • Cremated remains can be scattered in a location that is meaningful to the deceased or the family, such as a favorite outdoor spot or at sea. It's important to comply with local laws and regulations when scattering ashes in public areas or bodies of water.
  • Ashes can be incorporated into memorial or keepsake items, such as jewelry or glass art, allowing loved ones to carry a small portion of the remains as a keepsake.

It's worth noting that Pennsylvania law does not mandate the specific method of disposition but rather provides options for families to choose from. It is advisable to consult with a funeral director or crematory in PA for more detailed information and guidance regarding the handling and final disposition of ashes in accordance with state and local regulations.

How much will I have to pay for a cremation services in Eastern Pennsylvania?

When you enter into a discussion with us about the cost of your loved one's cremation, whether on the phone or in-person, we are legally obligated to share our General Price List, or GPL, with you. That list details the actual cost of our cremation services, which is a combination of our basic professional services fee, the fee charged by the crematory for the use of their crematories and cremation facilities, and any additional charges related to the transportation and safekeeping of the deceased prior to the cremation. It is impossible for us to quote an accurate cost for cremation here; we urge you to speak about cremation costs with us ahead of time so you know all of your options available.


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