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Cremation is one form of final disposition for the deceased. Its most basic definition is a process of reducing the human body to bone fragments by flame and heat. These bone fragments are referred to as cremated remains or "ashes".

A request for cremation refers only to the manner in which your loved one has chosen to deal with their physical remains. The decision for cremation does not limit the ways you can honor your loved one's life. We suggest that you have a funeral or memorial service because such services provide an opportunity to create a healing experience. The type of service options are limited only by your imagination and our staff is here to assist you in creating a unique and memorable tribute to your loved one.

For those considering cremation, we suggest you ask your funeral director the following questions:

  What crematory do you use? There is only one crematory in Broome County -Twin Tiers Cremation Service - in Endicott.  Just because a funeral home used the words cremation service in their name does not mean they are a crematory. It means they (Like all funeral homes) simply provide cremation services, and they, like all other funeral homes, also have to utilize the outside services provided by a crematory. Per state law crematories can only accept a body from a licensed funeral director and a registered funeral firm. Crematories in New York DO NOT directly serve individual consumers.

Several local funeral homes use out of state crematories in Pennsylvania, sometimes even using a third party transfer service to deliver the deceased to the crematory. We use Twin Tiers Cremation Services  so we can observe the process and assure they adhere to the best standards of operating procedures. We also personally deliver the deceased to the crematory. We do not entrust your loved one to third party transportation services. Our promise to you is that we personally participate in every step of the process to ensure everything is done properly.

When inquiring as to cost, some funeral homes have a two-tiered structure. If you pay more, they will assist with placing obituaries, scheduling services, contacting veterans or fraternal clubs for services, scheduling burial, assisting you with insurance or social security benefits. If you pay less, they will not help you with those matters. At Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home we never tell you what we won't do; we tell you what we will do, and that is to assist you in meeting all your needs....at a fair price.

The staff at Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home are experts on cremation and will gladly answer any question you have pertaining to cremation. A few common questions are listed below:

The Hopler & Eschbach Funeral Home and the crematory we use have developed a rigorous set of operating policies and procedures. Each person involved with providing the cremation double checks the identity of the deceased as each step of the process occurs. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process using a unique stainless steel ID tag system and assigned numerical paperwork accompanying the same.

You can also ask your funeral director if they personally deliver your loved one to the crematory or if they utilize a third party to take them to an out of state crematory.  In Broome County there is only one crematory. The operators adhere to the highest professional standards and practices.There is no need to use an out of state crematory. The local crematory is located on Main St. in Endicott. Any other facility representing themself as a crematory is not being truthful.( Many people believe there is a crematory located on Clinton St in Binghamton and is not the case. It is a funeral home, just like we are and they are required to utilize the services of a crematory.

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