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At the end of a person's life, custom brings family and friends together to provide an appropriate recognition of the person's life and as well as disposition of the deceased's body.  In some cultures this observance includes funerals and bodily burial while other cultures favor cremation.  Sometimes accompanying services and events provide an opportunity for respectful reflection on the individual's life. 

The BCAA makes this web page available to help members of the Bhutanese community understand the different cremation services provided and how various companies charge for these services.  Several cremation societies, crematoriums, and funeral homes are listed below from the least costly to the most costly.  These companies are included because they have their own crematoriums.  Under the Cost of Cremation are the services provided in the basic package.  If the family requests extra services such as visitation, witnessing, or observation during the cremation they will be responsible for additional charges.

 
Area Cremation Group
3475 Copley Road
Copley OH 44321
330-253-6126

Services provided by

Hummel Funeral Home
500 East Exchange Street
Akron OH 44304
330-253-6126
Crematorium Location
3475 Copley Road
Copley OH 44321

Time from International Institute = 16 - 20 minutes

Cost of Cremation = $756.44
   Answer phone call for body
   Obtain a signed death certificate
   Obtain cremation transit permit from health department
   Transport body to crematory in alternate container
   Family picks up cremated remains
   Alternate container
   Crematory fee
   Burial transit permit
   Summit County sales tax
Cost of Visitation/Witnessing/Ceremony
   Viewing at crematorium for 2 to 5 people = $75
Charges for Optional Services
   Urn $50+
   Death certificate = $ 22

Heritage Cremation Society
520 South Main Street #2511
Akron OH
800-864-2295
Crematorium Location
516 Enterprise Circle
Louisville OH

Time from International Institute = 35 - 46 minutes
Cost of Cremation = $845
   Answer phone call for body
   Obtain and provide family with a signed death certificate
   Obtain cremation transit permit from health department
   Transport body to crematory in alternate container
   Family picks up cremated remains
   Alternate container
   Crematory fee
   Burial transit permit
   Summit County sales tax
   Private viewing area at crematory for 2 to 12 intimate family (no friends)
   All arrangements done at family home
Cost of Visitation/Witnessing/Ceremony
   Chapel available for up to 100 people = $ 300-400
Charges for Optional Services
   Urn $50+
   Death certificate = $ 22
Cremation Society of Ohio
791 E Market Street
Akron OH 44305
800-664-1012

Services provided by

Adams Mason Funeral Home
791 E Market Street
Akron OH 44305
330-535-9186
Crematorium Location

Time from International Institute = 6 - 10 minutes

Cost of Cremation = $ 1,498
   Answer phone call for body
   Obtain a signed death certificate
   Obtain cremation transit permit from health department
   Transport body to crematory in alternate container
   Family picks up cremated remains
   Alternate container
   Crematory fee
   Burial transit permit
   Summit County sales tax
   Private viewing area for 2 to 12 intimate family (no friends)
   All arrangements done at family home
Cost of Visitation/Witnessing/Ceremony
   Use of chapel for ceremony, up to 100 people, included
Charges for Optional Services
   Urn $50+
   Death certificate = $ 22

Newcomer Funeral Home and Cremation Services
131 North Canton Road
Akron OH
330-784-3334
Crematorium Location
Akron Crematory
2399 Gilchrist Road
Akron OH 48305

Time from International Institute = 9 - 16 minutes
Cost of Cremation = $ 1,520 (includes alternate container and urn)
   Transfer of body to crematorium
   Minimal office and vehichle support
   Cremation
Cost of Visitation/Witnessing/Ceremony
   Family viewing for 30 minutes and up to 10 people = $400
Charges for Optional Services
   Urn $50+
   Death certificate = $ 22
Donovan-Bagnoli Funeral Home
17 Southwest Ave
Tallmadge OH 44278
330-633-3350
Crematorium Location
339 Southwest Ave
Tallmadge OH 44278

Time from International Institute = 9 - 12 minutes
Cost of Cremation = $2,170
Cost of Visitation/Witnessing/Ceremony
   Basic Services
   Cremation
   Transport body to crematory
   Service Car
   Death Certificate
   Alternate container
   Ohio Sales Tax
Charges for Optional Services
  
Urn $50+
   Use of funeral home = $ ???
   Newspaper obituary = $+ depending on length
   Death certificate = $ ??
Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and Crematory
1930 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221
330-928-2147
Crematorium Location
1930 Front Street
Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221

Time from International Institute = 5 - 10 minutes
Cost of Cremation = $2,400
Cost of Visitation/Witnessing/Ceremony
   Office staff assistance
   Cremation
   Death certificate
   Viewing room for 4 to 10, standing room only for more
   Alternate container
   Ohio Sales Tax
Charges for Optional Services
   Death certificates $22 each
   Obituary $150+
   Urn $50+

   
Ohio State Law on Burial of Indigent People:  The Ohio Revised Code Section 9.15 requires cities or counties to pay for the cremation of indigent people.  An “indigent person” is one whose income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty line for the family size equal to the size of the person’s family.  Using the 2013 federal poverty guidelines, a person in a household by himself or herself would be indigent if his or her income were less than $17,235.  For a family of two, the indigent level would rise to $23,265.  For each additional person in the family, the indigency level rises by $6,030.  For an example, in a household of four, the indigency level would be an annual income that was less than $35,325.

According to the Law Office of the City of Akron, in addition to the deceased being indigent, he or she must have been a resident of Akron for at least one year and have no assetts whatsoever in their name, such as a car or home.  If the person was 18 or older, the City of Akron pays $900 toward cremation and required documents.  For ages 1 through 17 years of age, the city pays $450.  For infants less than 1 year old the city pays $150.  Any supplemental money spent for flowers or obituaries is subtracted from the $900.  If a family gathers money towards cremation expenses, that amount is subtracted from the $900.
 
Note on when cremation can occur:  Most families want the creamation to happen quickly after death.  Families must be aware that the crematorium must get legal documentation before the cremation can occur.  This requires the right person from the family to authorize the cremation, the medical examiner approval, and authority to move the body.  Death over a weekend can delay some of this paperwork or an unusual number of deaths can slow things down.
 
Special Note on Suicide/Murder:  In the event that an individual takes their own life or is murdered, special procedures usually need to be followed which require embalming and body preparation.  These procedures usually require an extra fee of approximately $500.
 
     
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