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Frequent Questions

Frequent Questions

We’ve provided a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding our services and other activities related to funerals. If you don't see the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us. We'd be happy to give you more information and clarify any of your concerns.

 

Is Diehl-Whittaker funeral service owned by a publicly traded corporation?

Is Diehl-Whittaker funeral service owned by a publicly traded corporation?

No! Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service is a privately held corporation, of which, the Diehl family is the majority shareholder, and key members of the Diehl-Whittaker team are minority shareholders.

What is the purpose of embalming?

What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, minimizing the possibility of disease transmission to those who might come into contact with the deceased. Embalming also makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, giving family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Does a decedent have to be embalmed according to law?

Does a decedent have to be embalmed according to law?

Embalming is not required by law, but we highly recommend it if you want a viewing. Though it is possible to have a viewing without embalming, certain conditions have to be met. If you want to know more, feel free to give us a call.

Where do I get certified copies of the decedent’s death certificate?

Where do I get certified copies of the decedent’s death certificate?

The death certificate will be filed in the local jurisdiction where the death occurred. If you would like us to obtain certified copies of the death certificate for you, we will do so, at cost, plus any mailing or delivery fees.

Who can authorize cremation?

Who can authorize cremation?

The legal next of kin or legally designated agent can authorize the cremation. In cases where there are multiple next of kin, ALL such persons must authorize the cremation. For additional information or special circumstances concerning this issue, please contact us for assistance prior to death.

Where do the cremations take place?

Where do the cremations take place?

In one of several local independent commercial crematories, licensed by the State of Ohio (just as burials are done in independent local cemeteries).

Can I witness the cremation?

Can I witness the cremation?

Yes, by special arrangement. However, because of scheduling and insurance issues, the crematory will charge an additional fee.

How long does it take to complete the cremation and get the ashes back?

How long does it take to complete the cremation and get the ashes back?

Because cremation is an irreversible process, and because the process itself will eliminate any ability to determine exact cause of death, the State of Ohio requires the following before the cremation is authorized: Twenty-four (24) hours must lapse after death. In addition, all necessary legal authorizations and documentations must be processed and filed prior to cremation. This requires the co-operation of all authorizing agents (next-of-kin) to provide the required information and signatures (e.g. if the legal next of kin are five children, then all five must sign). We must then contact the appropriate physician or coroner to complete the medical portion of the death certificate and file it with the health department in the county where the death occurred to receive a permit to perform the cremation. On average this process may range from 5 – 10 business days - or longer, if the signing physician is unavailable to complete the certificate. As required by law, the deceased will remain in refrigeration in our facility until the cremation is performed.

How long does the cremation process take?

How long does the cremation process take?

Normally it takes anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, unless there are special circumstances.

How can I be sure the ashes I receive are my loved one?

How can I be sure the ashes I receive are my loved one?

Cremation is a process regulated by the State of Ohio, with strict procedures that we follow to ensure we’re holding our services to the highest standard possible. In addition to following these standard procedures, we also keep a metal disk with a unique ID number with your loved one throughout the process, including during cremation.

What are my payment options, and when is payment due?

What are my payment options, and when is payment due?

We accept cash, cashier’s checks, all major credit cards, and the assignment of verified life insurance policies. Tribute Loan financing (monthly payment option) is available to families whose credit is approved. Payment is due, insurance must be verified and documents signed by appropriate persons, or financing must be secured, prior to the service.

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Diehl-Whittaker Funeral | Cremation Services
Phone: (614) 258-9549
720 East Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203


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