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Local funeral directors and staff earns National Cremation Certification

| August 10, 2018

COSHOCTON – Funeral directors Matthew Miller, Darcie Kaser and funeral director assistants Jim Baylor and Larry Freetage recently earned their Certified Crematory Operator (CCO) designation from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The NFDA Cremation Certification Program™ is a voluntary certification program that helps funeral directors better serve the needs of families that desire cremation. This certification is also a requirement for anyone operating a crematory in the State of Ohio.

Nationally, in 2018, 43.2 percent of people who died in the United States were cremated, up from 34.2 percent in 2007.

“As the cremation rate continues to increase, ensuring that funeral home and crematory staff are properly trained to meet the needs of families that choose cremation is of utmost importance,” said Miller.

NFDA’s Cremation Certification Program provides participants with instruction in best practices for safe, proper and ethical crematory operations and for excellence in service to families that choose cremation. Seminars cover the topics required by state law and are designed to develop understanding, skills and a broad working knowledge of proper operational procedures as well as required and prudent administrative procedures.

Miller Funeral Home recently opened the first and only human and pet crematory in Coshocton County.

“Now that we have our own crematory for our client families and our furry client families, your loved one will never leave our care.” said Miller.

Miller-Kaser Cremation Services is a new business created by owners Matthew Miller, Valerie Miller and Darcie Kaser.

“It’s been a year in the planning and construction and we are so proud to be ready to serve our community and keep these services local”, said Miller and Kaser.

Miller-Kaser Cremation Services is located at 845 Cedar St., Coshocton and may be contacted at 740-295-9011.

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