10-Step ID Guarantee

10 Step Positive Identification Process

  • Our Identification tag with the name of the deceased is immediately placed on your loved one the moment they come into our care.
  • We place your loved one in the cremation container the family has selected. This container will have the deceased name written on it. The Commonwealth of Virginia requires the use of a cremation container.
  • The family is invited to spend time with the deceased in a private room.
  • The Authorization for Cremation is signed by the family, which indicates the deceased has been identified, and gives us written permission to proceed with the cremation.
  • The death certificate is signed by the doctor, filed at the county health department. The Medical Examiner signs the Cremation Authorization which is required for all deaths occurring in Virginia and Washington DC.
  • All forms are checked by the licensed funeral director.
  • The deceased information is logged into the Cremation Log, which records the name of the deceased, age, date of death, place of death, date and time of cremation as well as container used.
  • Our CANA (Cremation Association of North America) certified crematory operator checks all forms as well as identification of the deceased before the cremation takes place.
  • Immediately after the cremation is complete, the cremated remains are placed into the urn or container selected, or provided by the family and returned to the family.
  • The family must sign a statement taking custody of the cremains as well as the death certificates.


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