Obituaries

Douglas Ricketts, Sr.
B: 1944-03-28
D: 2019-09-22
View Details
Ricketts, Sr., Douglas
Ben Henderson
B: 1946-01-03
D: 2019-09-21
View Details
Henderson, Ben
Ronald Ware
B: 1944-09-29
D: 2019-09-21
View Details
Ware, Ronald
Francis Overholt
B: 1948-06-20
D: 2019-09-20
View Details
Overholt, Francis
Nancy Havens
B: 1937-08-16
D: 2019-09-18
View Details
Havens, Nancy
Mark Grady
B: 1974-12-07
D: 2019-09-17
View Details
Grady, Mark
Karin Hensley
B: 1964-11-20
D: 2019-09-17
View Details
Hensley, Karin
Julie Lynette Smith
B: 1967-02-07
D: 2019-09-17
View Details
Smith, Julie Lynette
Mary Bardell
B: 1966-06-17
D: 2019-09-17
View Details
Bardell, Mary
Curtis Hite
B: 1935-12-17
D: 2019-09-16
View Details
Hite, Curtis
Norma McDonald
B: 1933-08-10
D: 2019-09-15
View Details
McDonald, Norma
Patricia Bivons
B: 1937-10-17
D: 2019-09-14
View Details
Bivons, Patricia
Wayne Whitmore
B: 1929-02-26
D: 2019-09-13
View Details
Whitmore, Wayne
Linda Nichols
B: 1948-12-03
D: 2019-09-11
View Details
Nichols, Linda
Thomas Snow
B: 1939-09-07
D: 2019-09-11
View Details
Snow, Thomas
Jean Dignazio
B: 1932-03-04
D: 2019-09-11
View Details
Dignazio, Jean
James Brady
B: 1931-04-19
D: 2019-09-10
View Details
Brady, James
Susan Becker
B: 1946-08-14
D: 2019-09-10
View Details
Becker, Susan
Everett Caton
B: 1943-09-09
D: 2019-09-09
View Details
Caton, Everett
James Chapman
B: 1936-10-22
D: 2019-09-08
View Details
Chapman, James
Edward Hogbin
B: 1943-04-28
D: 2019-09-08
View Details
Hogbin, Edward

Search

Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
327 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: 304-263-8896
Fax: 304-263-9248

The Cremation Process

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.

A Short History of Cremation

According to Wikipedia, cremation dates back at least 20,000 years ago in Australia, while in Europe, there is evidence of cremation dating to around 2,000 B.C. Cremation was common in Ancient Greece and Rome, and it remains a standard practice in India. The practice of cremation faded in Europe by the fifth century and during the Middle Ages, it was primarily used in the punishment of heretics or in response to the fear of contagious diseases. Today, cremation is preferred by more and more people around the world.

The Flame Cremation Process

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.

Author Michelle Kim, in How Cremation Works, details the cremation process: "In modern crematories, the body is stored in a cool, temperature-controlled room until it's approved for cremation. The body is prepared by removing pacemakers, prostheses and silicone implants. The body is then put into a container or casket made out of flammable materials such as plywood, pine or cardboard."

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

Cremation Costs

Cremation typically costs one-third of the cost of a traditional burial. While it's true that cost is a big factor for many families, it's important to remember that cremation is only one part of providing meaningful end-of-life care for a loved one. 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.

Spend Time with Us

Sit down with us to discuss your cremation options. We appreciate the opportunity to share our insights and experience to fully support you in making end-of-life decisions for you and your family. Call us at 304-263-8896 to schedule an appointment or drop by our office.

Online Sources:

Wikipedia, "Cremation"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cremation