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On-Site Crematory in Springfield, Ohio


The loss of a loved one is never easy. We understand how important it is to honor the legacy of someone that has passed while providing a way to remember them. In recent years, cremation has become the most common method for doing so. 


Littleton & Rue has provided cremation services in the Springfield for nearly 40 years. Our on-site crematory in Springfield, Ohio ensures that your loved one is handled with the utmost respect and quality care. 


Whether you’re in need of cremation services now, or you’re planning ahead for future needs, we’re here to help guide you through the process. Contact us today, and we’ll gladly answer any questions or concerns you might have.



Why Choose Our Crematory in Springfield, Ohio? 

Providing our families with the peace-of-mind they are entitled to during the cremation process is of paramount concern to us. As a result, we have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures to maximize our level of service and minimize the potential for human error. 


We require licensed professionals to oversee the operation of our cremation facility. Our staff members have all completed the Cremation Operations Certification Program through CANA (Cremation Association of North America), as well as the NFDA (National Funeral Directors Association). 


We monitor and record all activities in our Springfield crematory 24-hours per day using a closed-circuit DVR system. Though none of these safeguards are required by law, we believe our families deserve as much peace of mind as possible. Our crematory is open for inspection during normal business hours, and we allow family members to be in attendance during the cremation process. 


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Steps Prior to Cremation

  1. Our stainless steel "Identification Medallion" is placed on your loved one at the time we come to your home, hospital, or other care facility. This medallion will stay with them throughout the process and will be placed in the urn upon completion. It has a unique number on it which will be recorded on all paperwork and forms.
  2. Your loved one is logged onto our crematory tracking slip with date of death, attendant’s name, and ID number. Any personal items are recorded as well.


The Cremation Process

  1. Your loved one is removed from our refrigeration facility and the crematory tracking slip is updated with the date and time of cremation and crematory operator’s name.
  2. After the cremation, the crematory operator removes all the cremated remains from the crematory chamber. The cremated remains are then cooled and processed, with each step being recorded onto the tracking slip.
  3. The cremated remains along with the ID medallion are placed into the permanent or temporary urn selected by the family. The urn is affixed with an identification label. The urn is then held in our secure facility for pick-up by the family or delivered to its final place of interment.
  4. The family, cemetery representative or whomever has been entrusted to take receipt of the cremated remains signs the two-part cremation certificate. The top of the certificate is given to the family or cemetery and the bottom is retained as a record of pick-up. 
  5. All information on the crematory tracking slip is logged into our computer system. The tracking slip, cremation certificate, tear sheet and all original paperwork is kept as a permanent record.


How Long Does It Take to Cremate a Body?

The time it takes to cremate a body depends on many factors, such as the size of the body, if there are tumors or an infection present, and if cremation equipment is operating at optimal capacity, etc. 


A healthy human adult can be cremated within 3 to 4 hours in most cases. However, conditions like obesity or bone tumors could cause a slower burning process resulting in more hours needed for cremation.



Collecting the Ashes

Cremated remains are primarily composed of bone fragments but can still contain metal (screws from surgical procedures) and magnetized material. Ashes typically maintain their "personality" in the funeral pyre and during cremation, so it is common for people to ask that all jewelry or other materials be removed before cremation.


When cremation is complete, the remains are collected by a device called a cremulator. The cremulator turns the human remains into powdery dust-like material.



Transporting Ashes 

There are several ways to transport ashes, but the easiest is in a simple container. That means transferring your loved one's cremated remains to an urn or other type of container that will be able to hold them during transport.



Common Questions About the Cremation Process


Do Funeral Homes Have a Crematorium?

Funeral homes that offer cremation services typically have their own onsite crematorium for this purpose. Generally, funeral homes that do not offer cremation services may not have an onsite crematorium, but some do work with third-party companies to provide this service.



What Are Human Ashes Made Of?

Human ashes are the residue that remains after a body is cremated. They consist of bone fragments or cremated remains. The bone fragments left over after cremation are removed from the ashes and pulverized into powder, which is filled with calcium phosphates, carbonates, and limestones.



How Much Cremated Remains Are Left After Cremation?

The weight of a deceased person's cremated remains will depend largely on their height, weight, and other factors. However, keep in mind that the weight of a human body is determined mostly by their height and especially by the amount of bone he/she has. A human cremated with a weight of 150 pounds will leave about one pound. A person that is 6 feet tall would leave around 3.5-4lbs of bones after cremation, and someone that is 5'2" will be left 2.5-3lbs



Is Cremation Cheaper Than Traditional Burials?

The cost of cremation is typically much less than the cost of a traditional burial. Cremation is cheaper than traditional burial because it removes the need for embalming. It will cost less money because there are no expensive caskets to purchase.



Respectful, Worry-Free Cremation in Springfield, Ohio

While saying goodbye to someone you love is never simple, we strive to make the process as stress free as possible. With our highly trained staff and years of experience, we’re confident we can provide you with the level of service you deserve in this trying time.


As members of the Springfield community ourselves, friends and family are very important to us. We consider it an honor to celebrate the lives they have lived. If you’re in need of funeral or cremation services in Springfield, Ohio, we are here to help.






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(937) 323-6439


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