Cremation

Your choice of cremation is a highly personal decision. We want you to be confident that your cremation provider is someone you can trust. To ensure your trust, we own and operate an on-site crematory.

Having a crematory inside our funeral home allows us to personally oversee every aspect of the cremation process according to our customized 13 Step Cremation process, which we created to uphold our high standards. You can be reassured in knowing that your loved one never leaves our care. 

Cremation Viewing Room

Cremation Viewing Room

 Unlike most crematories, we offer witnessing and the opportunity for families to assist in the beginning of the cremation process. Our facilities has a viewing and witnessing room where family members may be present at the beginning of the cremation process. Additionally families can have some private time with the deceased prior to cremation.

On-Site Crematory

 On-Site Crematory

The crematory is also conveniently located in our funeral home – giving you peace-of-mind that the cremation process is taking place in a dignified setting.

Our crematory is clean, modern and available for your inspection. For the convenience of the families we serve, we provide service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call us with questions, or to arrange a personal tour. We are happy to answer your questions anytime.

Memorial Services

Memorial Services

We are happy to show you the many ways you can honor the life of your loved one through special services and unique memorial items.  You can also plan a service in advance – either in person or by using our convenient online form in the Plan Ahead section. 

Cremation Services

Cremation Services

Cremation only refers to the manner in which you or your loved one has chosen to deal with the physical remains. We want you to know that this decision does not limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. We heartily suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service, because your need for such a healing experience is not lessened by the decision to be cremated. Again, the options are limited only by your imagination. We hope that you will contact us to discuss the wide variety of celebratory options open to you.

Live Funeral Webcasting

Live Funeral Webcasting

The newest innovation in funeral service, webcasting, allows everyone you love to attend your loved one's service. A webcast is viewed live over the Internet, archived for delayed viewing, and can be downloaded to DVD for a permanent keepsake.

Learn More about Honoring Your Loved One

You knew your loved one better than anyone else. We have years of experience. Together we will design the perfect memorial for your loved one. If you are ready to discuss the options, have questions about our services, or simply interested in gathering more information, please come by, call us at (770) 944-2900 or send us an email.


13 Step Cremation Process


Davis-Struempf Funeral Home & Crematory 13-step Cremation Process

We have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error.  Throughout each stage of the cremation process, positive identification is assured.  In addition, we allow only our own certified professionals to operate our  cremation equipment. Our cremations are preformed in our funeral home so your loved one never leaves our building. If you have any questions about our procedures we would be glad to discuss it with you at your convenience.

  1. Attach an Identification tag on the deceased as soon as we return from the first call.
  2. Family identification of the deceased. (Unless refused)
  3. Take digital fingerprint of the deceased.
  4. Create Cremation check list:
    1. Full name of deceased
    2. Date of death
    3. Funeral home case #
    4. Cremation ID #
    5. County cremation permit #
    6. County of death
    7. Date & time of cremation
    8. Urn type
    9. Special requests/notes
  5. Check the cremation checklist. Included on the Checklist:
    1. Authorization signed?
    2. Has family identified the deceased?
    3. Have you taken a fingerprint?
    4. Does the family want to view the cremation?
    5. Have all items been removed that has been requested by family (jewelry, etc.)?
    6. Pacemaker removed (if applicable)?
    7. Identification tag on deceased? ID tag includes:
      1. Deceased full name
      2. Date of birth
      3. Date of death
      4. County and state of death
      5. County cremation permit #
      6. Social security #
      7. Service #
      8. Funeral Home name
      9. Disposition
    8. Cremation ID metal disc with the deceased?
    9. Have all special requests been granted?
    10. Crematory ledger filled out?
    11. Cremated remains placed in urn (selected by family)?
    12. Signed cremation certificate and notarized?
    13. Photo copy of the cremation certificate after signed and notarized?
    14. When cremains are picked is the (family specified) person getting the cremains?
    15. Cremation operators name?
    16. Cremains should be released to ______________________________
  6. After deceased is placed in cremation container, we label the container
  7. Before turning on the crematory we fill out the crematory ledger
    1. Cremation #
    2. Full Name of deceased
    3. Date of death
    4. Date & time of cremation
    5. County cremation permit #
    6. Service #
    7. Cremation technician signature
    8. Any Jewelry/personal items to be removed?
    9. Special instructions
  8. Our certified cremation technician then makes sure that the paperwork, tag, name on the cremation container and metal disc all match.
  9. Upon turning on the Retort (Crematory), we log the deceased information into the retorts computer. It is stored in the crematories computer memory and downloaded periodically into a secured location.
    1. Deceased name
    2. Cremation #
  10. The body is place in the cremation chamber along with the metal cremation disc (with their assigned cremation # on it). The cremation checklist is placed in a designated spot beside the crematory.
  11. Following the cremation, we place the cremated remains into the selected urn. The Identification tag and the metal cremation ID disc are attached with the cremated remains inside the urn.
  12. We verify the designated person selected by next of kin on the cremation authorization is the one picking up the cremated remains.
  13. We have the person (selected by the family) sign a receipt of the cremated remains.