Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cremation?

Cremation is a method of disposition that has been practiced for thousands of years and is an alternative to a traditional funeral and casket burial. Cremation is a process by which a deceased human body is reduced to bone fragments using intense heat.

Why do people choose Cremation?

People choose cremation for many different reasons including environmental concerns like land usage or to avoid the use of embalming chemicals.  It could be a choice that reflects the individual’s philosophical or religious beliefs. Others may choose cremation to simplify the experience or because it is a more economical choice.

What is the process of Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using intense heat.  Bodies are never cremated together, only one body may ever be cremated at a time.  A cremation chamber, known as a retort, is heated to approximately 1,800 degrees. The casket or cremation container containing the body will be placed inside the retort for a period of time sufficient enough to consume all materials except bone fragments, and in some cases metal implants.  These remaining bone fragments are called cremains and are removed by the technician and cooled before being mechanically pulverized into a finer, dust-like consistency.  These cremains are sealed into a heavy duty plastic bag and then placed into a temporary container to be returned to Genesee Valley Cremation.

Is a Funeral Director necessary?

Yes, a New York licensed and registered funeral director affiliated with a New York registered funeral firm makes the funeral arrangements, supervises the removal of remains from the place of death, files the death certificate with the proper authority, obtains the cremation permit, obtains the authorization for cremation and supervises the transportation of remains to the crematory.

Can I sign my own cremation authorization?

No. While you can make pre-arrangements to be cremated, the cremation authorization must be signed by an authorizing agent as defined in Section 4201 of the Public Health Law. This person must also attest that any medical implants have been removed.

Who has the right to decide what disposition will be chosen?

There is an established "order of priority" that is used to decide who has the ultimate right to make decisions on behalf of the deceased. If an Administrator or Executor has been designated, that person always has the absolute right to make decisions. As a general rule, the order is as follows:

  1. Spouse
  2. Adult Children
  3. Adult Grandchildren
  4. Adult Great- Grandchildren
  5. Parents
  6. Brother/Sister
  7. Grandparent
  8. Great-Grandparent
  9. Aunt, Uncle, Niece, Nephew
  10. Cousins

How is Genesee Valley Cremation able to offer such a low price?

Our business is family owned and operated.  We do not use any third party service providers with the exception of a trusted local crematory.  In New York State, funeral homes may not own or operate crematories.  We recognize that a traditional funeral is not always desired or practical and there is a need to offer services at the most competitive prices possible. 

Does Genesee Valley Cremation serve my community?

Genesee Valley Cremation is proud to serve Monroe, and all surrounding counties including Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Ontario, and Wayne.  We will transport your loved one to our secure location in Rochester, NY.  It is important to note that the distance between our location and yours will factor into our response time and for locations 20 miles or further, there may be an additional charge per mile. 

Does Genesee Valley Cremation offer services other than the Standard Direct cremation?

Yes.  Genesee Valley Cremation offers most of the same services a traditional funeral home offers.  Please contact us to inquire about everything we can do for you. 

Is cremation acceptable to all religions?

Most religions now accept cremation as a suitable method for the final disposition of their followers.  There are some religious orders that have specific doctrines that do not allow cremation after death including Orthodox Judaism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Islam. 

The Roman Catholic Church no longer considers there to be a danger that Christian cremation will be associated with non-Christian belief, or with a denial of such doctrines as the resurrection of the body, immortality of the soul, and the existence of eternal life. In the Catholic Church, it is recommended that the cremains be disposed of in a way that shows reverence for the body of the deceased.

How long does a cremation take?

The cremation of an average body takes approximately 2 hours inside the retort, but can vary based on body size and container.  The total time to complete the process can be 5-6 hours.

Are we required to purchase an urn?

Cremains are returned from the crematory in a rigid temporary container that is durable enough to store them for many years and is included in our price.  The container is a black, sturdy plastic box which is labeled by the crematory with all necessary information to identify the cremains contained within.  We do offer a wide variety of urns, keepsakes and cremation jewelry which can be purchased at our Buffalo Road location directly, or through our secure website's Merchandise page.

Can I choose special cremation containers or caskets?

There are a wide variety of containers that are acceptable for cremation other than the container that is included in our price.  These options include traditional caskets and cremation caskets which are constructed from materials that are environmentally friendly and have a similar appearance to a traditional casket. We offer several choices of cremation containers at an additional cost.

Do you have to embalm the body even though it will be cremated?

No.  A direct cremation does not require embalming which allows us to reduce the overall cost of final expenses.

What happens to the cremated remains?

A family may choose to do any number of things with the cremains once they are returned.  One option is to enclose them in a single urn which may be kept at home, buried in a cemetery or inurned (placed in a columbarium).  The cremains can also be separated into smaller vessels such as companion urns and keepsake jewelry.  Another option is to scatter them someplace special, in accordance with the law. 

Do I have to place an obituary in the newspaper?

No. While it is common to place an obituary in a local newspaper, it is not required.  Genesee Valley Cremation will assist you in preparing an obituary and we will post it on this website at no charge.  If you choose to place the obituary in a newspaper, the newspaper charge will be added to the total cost of our services and payment will be required at the time services are rendered.

Do I need to purchase certified copies of the Death Certificate?

A Death Certificate must be filed in the county where he death occurred. There is no requirement to purchase certified copies of a Death Certificate, however, one or more copies may be required in order to transfer titles of real property (home, vehicle, boat, etc.), access bank accounts, receive Veteran benefits, file insurance claims, transfer Stocks, Bonds, 401-k, pensions and more.  We will assist you in deciding how many Certificates may be necessary and will obtain these copies for you.*

*Copies of death certificates vary in price depending on county and are not included in our $895 price. Payment for certificates is expected in full prior to Genesee Valley Cremation obtaining them.