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Cremation Services

Why Choose The Crematory at Mount Hope Cemetery as Your Cremation Service Provider? A serene viewing space for families to gather.

Mount Hope Cemetery has been performing cremations on-site since 1913 and today performs over 1,200 annually.

In March 2011, the cemetery opened a brand new crematory. The Crematory at Mount Hope is the most modern facility of its kind in the Greater Rochester area. It adjoins the cemetery’s administrative offices and provides a comfortable private viewing room where family members can choose to hold services and be present at the start of the cremation.

All cremations at Mount Hope are carried out in accordance with the highest professional standards. The cemetery is a member of the Cremation Association of North America and all crematory technicians have been certified by the State of New York.

Each cremation is done individually and performed with the utmost care to ensure correct identification. Throughout the process, the remains are handled with dignity and respect.

The Crematory at Mount Hope is one of the few local options for cremation services. Feel comfortable choosing our cemetery for your cremation needs. Our longstanding history, state-of-the-art equipment, and respected reputation enable you to choose Mount Hope with confidence.  

What's Involved in the Cremation Process?

Cremation is an affordable and dignified process that is growing increasingly popular. Approximately 30% of those who died in New York State in 2010 were cremated. 

Cremation is the technical process that reduces human remains to bone fragments. This reduction takes place through heat and evaporation. The container holding the body is placed in a specially-designed combustion chamber called a retort where the cremation process occurs. The retort is heated to 1,850 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes between 1.5 to 3 hours for the cremation process to take place. At the end of the cremation, the bone fragments are taken out of the retort and placed in a machine called a cremulator which reduces the bone fragments to a uniform size. Depending on the size of the body, there are approximately six to nine pounds of bone fragments left after the cremation. The cremated remains are then placed in an urn or temporary container and returned to the funeral director or family. 

Honoring Your Loved One After Cremation  

Many families choose to place their loved one’s cremated remains in a permanent site, such as a cemetery. At Mount Hope we offer several options, including burial in the ground, placement in a columbarium niche, or scattering of the cremated remains in one of our designated gardens. A committal service can accompany the placement of cremated remains in the final resting place.   

Mount Hope Garden of Serenity   Mount Hope Scattering Garden

Questions?

For more information or to schedule a tour of our facilities, call us at (585) 428-7999, or fill out our contact form and our cemetery staff will be in touch with you.

    

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