Click here to review some of the most frequently asked questions regarding cremation. Our licensed professionals have years of experience in the cremation industry and are happy to answer any of your questions regarding the process.

What is cremation?
Cremation is a form of disposition. It is the process of submitting a body to extremely high temperatures that leaves only ashes from the bones.

What are Athens Cremation Services qualifications?
We are a state licensed funeral establishment with the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service under the Secretary of State. Athens Cremation Services is operated by a licensed funeral director, certified crematory operator, and is a member of CANA.

How soon can cremation take place after death?
Once cremation documents have been completed and signed by the next of kin, the cremation can be performed. 

Is there any special preparation required prior to cremation?
Families should remove all jewelry and mementos from their loved one before cremation and notify Athens Cremation Services of any medical devices.

Is a casket required for cremation?
The state of Georgia requires only a "rigid, combustible container" for a cremation which is included in Athens Cremation Services' simple cremation package. Since a casket is one of the most expensive items involved in a traditional funeral, not having this common expense greatly minimizes the cost.

How long does a cremation take?
A cremation typically takes between 2 to 4 hours until all organic material is consumed by heat. 

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
Athens Cremation Services follows strict internal practices to ensure proper identification of the deceased during the cremation process, including a metal identification tag that remains with the body throughout the process and is included in the urn with the cremated remains. The cremation number found on the metal identification tag corresponds with cremation paperwork, including the certificate of cremation.

How are the cremated remains returned?
Cremated remains are placed in a temporary urn (included in the Simple Cremations package) unless another urn has been provided. The cremains can be delivered to or picked up by the next of kin or shipped for an additional cost.

Do I need an urn?
A temporary urn will be provided by Athens Cremation Services at the time of cremation. If you would like a more permanent option, please visit our Merchandise page.

What can be done with the cremated remains?
While traditional funerals always end in a burial, cremation offers many other options. Remains can be kept at home in an urn or keepsake, scattered on private property, committed to a mausoleum or columbarium, or turned into jewelry or art.