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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What size box do I need?
A: The rule of thumb is one cubic inch of volume for every pound of body weight. Therefore, an adult who weighed 180 pounds would need 180 cubic inches of volume. A 6" x 6" x 6" box holds 216 cubic inches. Most of our boxes are 200 cubic inches or larger.

Q: What is a memory pocket?
A: A memory pocket is a wooden panel placed in the lid of a box to create a space for storage of items to be interned with the remains.

Q: A loved one has passed away, but I want to save the remains to be buried with mine. How can I accomplish that?
A: OLD COLONY WOODWORKS suggests either the August Brass Chest or the Mojave Memory Chest. Both can be customized to hold two temporary containers of any size. Remains can be safely stored in one half, and locked or sealed until the other half is needed. The box can then be buried (if that is the final disposition) in a cemetery half lot. Most cemeteries will agree to divide a casket-size lot in half for cremated remains.

Q: What type of wood can I choose from?
A: It's up to you. For direct burial (within six months), we suggest pine. The grain and knots in pine provide a warm, attractive presentation for memorial services and funerals. For indefinite preservation, we suggest a harder wood. We keep oak, maple, cherry, and mahogany in stock and have access to most any exotic wood that exists.

Q: If I order a box today, how long before I receive it?
A: All of our products are manufactured by hand, one at a time, from rough-hewn lumber that we mill ourselves. Most items ship within two weeks from the time the order is placed. Custom designs may take longer. We do maintain a few unfinished items that we may be able to ship within 3 to 5 business days. Call (339) 469-7389 or email if you have questions or special requests.

Q: How much does a cremation cost?
A: Basic cremation (without a funeral) starts at around $1500. The federal government has attempted to standardize the cremation process, but costs still vary by region. Many people are not aware that embalming is not required for a cremation. Not embalming saves hundreds of dollars. Adding a memorial service or funeral, graveside burial, and obituaries increase costs. Expect to spend $4000 or more, but thousands of dollars less than a casket-type burial.

Q: How will I receive the remains?
A: It depends on the crematorium where the remains are being processed. Usually, the remains will be enclosed in a sealed plastic bag and placed inside a temporary container (cardboard box, metal container, or a rigid plastic container) bearing a certificate with the name of the deceased and the date and location where the remains were processed.

Q: What do I need to know about burying the remains?
A: Regulations vary by state, municipality, and even by cemetery. Some locations are very restrictive because of environmental concerns and require that the remains be placed inside a rigid container (a box, for example) and then buried in a concrete vault. Other locations have a designated area where the remains can be spread on the ground. Most are somewhere in between. Check with your local health department, a funeral director, or call (339) 469-7389 or email our customer service department.

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