Safe Assured® Cremation
Safe Assured® Cremation with the Pfeifer Funeral Home, featuring The Universal Identification System™
"Through our superior method of identification and cremation, we can
guarantee peace-of-mind in knowing your loved one's cremated remains
will be returned to you.”
Step One: Exclusivity
Your loved one comes to Pfeifer Funeral Home and stays here; there is no
third party involvement. Our staff performs every phase of the
process, from the transfer of your loved one to the actual cremation.
Many other funeral homes use third party removal services and
crematories, making it impossible to oversee your loved one's care and
identity. We are the only funeral home in the Columbus Metro Area to
both own and operate our own crematory on-site and preform no cremations
for other funeral homes. This allows us to give all of our personal
attention to your loved one.
Step Two: The Universal Identification System™
We are the currently the only funeral home in Columbus to use the
Universal Identification System, which provides permanent identification
record of the deceased. We begin by placing a high-quality stainless
steel identification bracelet around the ankle of the deceased before
removing them from the place of death. For other funeral homes, which
use third-party removal companies and wait until the deceased arrives at
their facilities to identify them, the possibility for
misidentification already exists.
The Universal Identification System embosses unique tracking numbers into the steel, providing a permanent identification marker that will never be duplicated on another bracelet or tag. Once placed, our identification bracelets cannot be loosened or removed. The steel also withstands the rigors of the cremation process, ensuring our ability to identify all remains.
Step Three: Additional Identification Safeguards
We give a copy of the certificate listing the Universal Identification
System tracking number to the family of the deceased at the time of the
removal, so that they can check their number against ours at any time in
A second identification is created by digitally scanning your loved one's fingerprint, and is coupled with a photo if the removal was from anywhere but your loved one's home. Our digital photo is verified by family members, and deleted after the cremation. Our crematory operator now has three forms of identification to match before the cremation occurs: the Universal Identification System tracking number, fingerprints, and a photograph.
Our funeral director then inspects all materials and paperwork to ensure that the tracking numbers on the certificate and bracelet match. An authorization release form is filled out and signed by the family. Once all paperwork and permits are obtained and verified, the actual process of cremation can begin.
Step Four: Cremation and the Logbook
We have two copies of our cremation logbook; one at Pfeifer Funeral
Home, and a backup stored safely off-premise for extra security. By
state law, this book records the name of the individual, the date and
time of the cremation, our unique identification number, and the name of
our crematory operator. At Pfeifer Funeral Home, you or your family has the opportunity to verify things for yourself! Our witnessing room attached to our crematory allows you to see your loved one on the day of cremation.
Step Five: Returning Your Loved One
The Universal Identification System bracelet is placed in the urn, along with the cremated remains. The number is copied onto an adhesive label and placed on the urn along with the decedent's name, allowing the family to compare their copy of the tracking number. We can return the urn with full confidence, and the family can be assured that their loved one's remains were handled and processed correctly.
• For our ?cremation guide?, including costs associated with frequently selected services, click here.