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Kenneth Rodenbaugh
B: 1935-07-31
D: 2016-05-23
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Rodenbaugh, Kenneth
Charles Erb
B: 1928-01-30
D: 2016-05-22
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Erb, Charles
Julia Arena
B: 1938-06-17
D: 2016-05-15
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Arena, Julia
Nancy Boettner
B: 1937-08-06
D: 2016-05-15
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Boettner, Nancy
Nancy Cline
B: 1931-08-06
D: 2016-05-09
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Cline, Nancy
Margaret Sell
B: 1924-07-03
D: 2016-05-08
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Sell, Margaret
Gloria Bonenberger
B: 1933-11-29
D: 2016-05-07
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Bonenberger, Gloria
John Winchester
B: 1936-12-26
D: 2016-05-06
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Winchester, John
Ernest Kaiser
B: 1922-07-08
D: 2016-05-06
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Kaiser, Ernest
Evelyn Diehl
B: 1931-03-24
D: 2016-05-05
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Diehl, Evelyn
Lewis Hill
B: 1931-10-09
D: 2016-05-04
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Hill, Lewis
William McGuire
B: 1922-10-28
D: 2016-05-04
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McGuire, William
Herman Ott
B: 1925-08-10
D: 2016-05-03
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Ott, Herman
Jean Gentry
B: 1934-01-31
D: 2016-04-30
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Gentry, Jean
William Meitzler
B: 1935-04-19
D: 2016-04-30
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Meitzler, William
William Ortoski
B: 1942-09-11
D: 2016-04-28
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Ortoski, William
Abram Fair
B: 1933-07-26
D: 2016-04-28
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Fair, Abram
Richard Mudd
B: 1941-12-16
D: 2016-04-26
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Mudd, Richard
Carrie Elliott
B: 1966-11-19
D: 2016-04-25
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Elliott, Carrie
John Laberteaux
B: 1926-01-17
D: 2016-04-23
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Laberteaux, John
Frances German
B: 1946-04-09
D: 2016-04-21
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German, Frances

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Cremation in Hellertown and Pennsburg, PA

 

Decomposition of the body in the earth (after burial) is the slow oxidation of the body tissues.

Cremation, on the other hand, provides rapid oxidation.

No casket is legally required for cremation--just a simple container which is strong enough to hold the body. This could be a box of rough boards, pressboard, or heavy cardboard.

Some crematories accept metal caskets; we prefer not to.

Cremation Choices

If the body is cremated ...

  • The remains can be stored by the family - and perhaps kept on display - in an urn or other container.
  • You may take the remains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.
  • The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.
  • The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.
  • The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.

Why People Choose Cremation

In the United States in 1972, only 5% chose cremation. That number had quintupled by 1999, with over 25% choosing cremation.

The Cremation Association of North America predicts that by 2010, that figure will rise to 36%.

In Canada, the rate is already over 42%; in Great Britain, 71%; and over 98% in Japan.

Those who choose cremation (for themselves or others) often hold the belief that it is better to honor the memory of the person, not the dead body.

Here are some other reasons you might choose cremation:

1. Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area

2. You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements

  • Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly.

3. You have environmental concerns

4. Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode... metal coffins and concrete vaults.

5. You want to keep the costs down

  • Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.
  • You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.

Decisions You Must Make If You Choose Cremation

  • Who will do the cremation
  • Whether to use an urn or container
  • What to do with the cremated remains

If you are distributing the remains....

Some jurisdictions have laws prohibiting the scattering of remains; others require a permit. Ask your funeral director.

Also ask if there are any firms in your area that specialize in unique ways of distributing the remains, such as a plane to spread them over a mountain or a ship to scatter them at sea.

Think of places that were especially loved by the deceased, close to home or far away. You can walk in the woods, by a favorite lake, or on the old family farm.

Be sure to ask permission if you want to use private property.

What about using the remains to create new life by planting a tree? Some survivors choose to mix the remains with the soil in flower beds and rose gardens at home. Every time the roses bloom, you will be reminded of your loved one.

If you decide to do this, however, consider what will happen if, some day, you move away.


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163 Main St.
Pennsburg, PA 18073
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1418 Main Street
Hellertown, PA 18055
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(215) 679-5933 Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. - Pennsburg
163 Main St.
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Fax: (215) 679-5782
Email: memorial@falkfuneralhomes.com
(215) 679-5933 Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. - Pennsburg
163 Main St.
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Fax: (215) 679-5782
Email: memorial@falkfuneralhomes.com
(215) 679-5933 Falk Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. - Pennsburg
163 Main St.
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Fax: (215) 679-5782
Email: memorial@falkfuneralhomes.com

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