“We have to be respectful of the families we are serving,” he said. “That’s why we are here.”
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Before Diver will perform a cremation, the funeral director must provide two documents: a burial transport permit that means the body can be moved; and a cremation permit that must be signed by a family member.
Most cremations are done the day Woodside receives the body, Diver said. Cremations typically take two to four hours, he said. Then, he said, the cremated remains are returned to the family.
Woodside has a refrigerator in its crematory, but it’s rarely used, Diver said. He said there’s no reason to “warehouse” bodies like what allegedly was happening at Premium Mortuary.
When Diver heard about the accusations brought against the Carlisle crematory, he became “concerned” how his industry would be perceived by the public.
“When anything happens, even nationwide, it concerns me,” he said. “I don’t want to be painted with that same brush.”
Besides Woodside and Premium, Diver said there are only a few crematories in the region: funeral homes in Hamilton and Franklin and Bell Vault and Memorial in Miamisburg.