Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2560 1709 Kimberly

There are a lot of uncertainties and unknowns when making end of life decisions. We’re here to walk you through the process and make it as simple as possible. Here is a list of our most commonly asked questions:

What is direct cremation?

  • Direct cremation is the simplest way to navigate the end-of-life process. Direct cremation allows families to arrange a cremation that takes place days after the passing without a viewing or memorial before.

Can you help me plan ahead for end-of-life expenses?

  • Absolutely. Use our quote tool here to get a guaranteed price for the services you would like. Our package offers a protected price, anywhere in the world, for our cremation services. Planning ahead gives peace of mind to you and your whole family – simplifying the process and finances at the time of need.

What do I do when a loved one dies?

  • You can make arrangements by simply clicking here. Or, reach out to us at or call us at 513-991-1369 – we will make sure you are guided through every step. We have experts on our team who can ensure that everything is taken care of for you efficiently and compassionately.

What is the waiting period and identification before cremation?

  • In Ohio, there are three basic requirements before a cremation can occur. First, a 24 hour waiting period must be met. Second, the funeral director must complete a death certificate and get it signed by a physician. The funeral director must file the death certificate with the Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics via a local registrar and obtain a cremation/burial permit.  Third, a cremation authorization must be completed by the closet degree of next of kin. Ohio law specifies who can sign a cremation authorization.

Where do I get a death certificate?

  • Final Considerations will obtain certified copies of the death certificate at the time we file it with the Ohio Bureau of Vital Statistics via the local register. We include one certified copy in the cost of the cremation. Additional copies can be obtained as requested by the family and the cost is determined by the county or city where the deceased died. 

How long does the process take?

  • Typically, the direct cremation process takes less than two weeks, assuming all legal authorizations are promptly signed by the appropriate next-of-kin.

How are ashes returned?

  • In the United States, the law requires that all ashes must be shipped via USPS in a specially-designated container. You will receive a signature-required package from USPS with a temporary container that can be transferred to any urn you select in the Arrangements process. We will notify you of shipment progress each step of the way.

What can I do with the ashes?

  • There are many things to choose from when deciding what to do with your loved ones ashes. We’ve compiled a list of things here and have also partnered with Parting Stone, a great alternative to cremated remains that gives you a beautiful collection of stones that you can hold, share, scatter and travel with. 

What are the laws about scattering ashes?

  • Laws vary depending on geographic location and federal law. You should consult regulations for your specific location, but generally scattering on private property with the permission of the owner is permitted.

Why should I work with Final Considerations?

  • We focus on providing a transparent, simple, and affordable service for any family seeking cremation at the time of need – or planning ahead. Unlike many traditional funeral homes with funeral home prices, we keep costs down, never use high-pressure sales tactics, or hide your true price. You will be constantly aware of where you are in the process, our next steps, and what to expect. Everything we do is designed to create an exceptional experience for you and your family.

How do you ensure quality?

  • We are a fully licensed funeral home in the state of Ohio and have licensed funeral directors on our team. Not only are we regulated by the state licensing board, but we also maintain internal standards and requirements that go well beyond what is required by law. All our partners are vetted, insured, and reputable.

How do your costs compare to a traditional funeral?

  • Traditional funeral costs are generally much higher than Final Considerations cremations. Average traditional funeral costs are $10,000 or more and funeral costs with a cremation are $6000-7000. We try to provide services at less than half the cost of what you would pay at a typical funeral home. We do not try to compete with the prices of the very cheapest cremation providers since we only provide the highest-quality services and 24/7 customer support.

How can I contact you?