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Expertly Planned Cleveland Funeral and Burial Services, for Any Faith, Budget or Personalized Need  

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services is available at any time—24 hours a day, seven days a week—to answer your questions about Cleveland burial services, or help you plan a funeral or memorial service for a loved one.
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We've Helped Plan Burial Service as Unique as the Life Lived—for Four Generations and Counting

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services is the Cleveland area's preferred funeral service provider. Our family owned and operated facilities are conveniently located in Avon, Avon Lake, Cleveland, Elyria, Fairview Park, North Royalton and Parma to serve your needs. 

At Busch, we believe in putting your family first, and we care for people of all faiths and beliefs. We’re committed to providing you with a compassionate, experienced staff that will help you through this difficult time, while meeting your wishes and budget.

We understand that preparing for death or celebrating a loved one is an integral part of life. No matter your request, we will work hard to exceed your expectations and fulfill your burial service needs. 

Contact us to speak with a professional staff member about our Cleveland funeral and burial services, or call 1-800-252–8724 at any time.

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Why Choose Busch's Cleveland Funeral and Burial Services?

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Burial Services

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services is available at any time to help you plan a meaningful end-of-life service. We offer visitation, gathering, funeral and memorial services to meet your family’s unique needs and budget. You also gain access to our modern facilities and automotive equipment.

Explore our burial services , or contact our experienced staff today for compassionate support and help with final arrangements.

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Burial Pricing for Any Budget

We believe in putting the needs of your family first. That’s why we offer a variety of burial options to best fit your wishes and budget. Our  staff is trained to guide you through every tough decision so that you can create a meaningful funeral service.

Busch offers you the ability to personalize your service within your budget, and you will always receive the highest level of care and service that families have come to expect from our staff.

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Personalized Tribute

Personalized Tributes

We believe every life deserves to be celebrate in a unique way. That's why we provide a variety of options for families who wish to personalize a service for their loved one. We work directly with your family to gather details about your loved one’s life to help you design a meaningful tribute.

Our facilities are updated for modern service requests, including WiFi, video and music capabilities, live streaming and more.

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Memorial Options as Extraordinary as the Life Lived

We work with families across Northeast Ohio to plan meaningful services that honor final wishes and meet custom needs. 

In addition to personalized gatherings, families also have a variety of memorial options including:

  • Cemetery markers.
  • Memorial candles.
  • Headstones.
  • A memorial plaque or bench in a place of significance.
  • Aboveground entombment in a mausoleum.
  • Certified Celebrants to design and conduct the tribute. 

Choose a Meaningful Final Resting Place

Choosing a casket is a difficult decision for any family. Busch Funeral and Crematory Services is committed to offering a high standard of quality for every product that we sell. When you purchase a burial container from Busch, you can feel confident that you made the right decision no matter your budget.

Some of our most popular containers include:

  • Steel and metal caskets.
  • Hardwood caskets.
  • Cremation caskets.
  • Concrete and metal vaults.
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Browse Remembrance Items In-Person

Busch offers families access to our Remembrance Centers, which provide a comfortable setting to choose from a comprehensive display of products.

Our Remembrance Centers are located at several of our facilities, including Avon Lake, Elyria, Fairview Park and Parma. Each includes:

  • Cremation urns.
  • Caskets, burial containers and vaults.
  • Flowers.
  • Literature, music, cards and stationery.
  • Keepsake jewelry.
  • Unique veteran memorial offerings.
  • Bereavement and sympathy gifts.
  • Items for pet memorials.

Burial Options for Any Desire

Busch offers several burial options that can be tailored to fit any family’s needs.

  • Earth burials, or the most common burial choice in Northeast Ohio. Earth burial is defined as placing your loved one in a casket and burying them in the ground. With earth burial, your options generally include your choice of casket, vault, cemetery plot, and headstone or grave marker.
  • Green burials, certified by the Green Burial Council. Green burials are free from formaldehyde, metal or concrete grave liners and burial vaults.

 

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What Families Have Said About Our Burial Services

"Thank you for all you’ve done for me handling things with my Mom’s celebration of life. It meant a lot because you knew her and knowing that meant so much to me! Your whole team did a great job, I didn’t have to ask for anything, they covered it all. Heidi did an awesome tribute and listened well when we talked about Mom. Alan and Mary at Fairview Park went above and beyond with the yellow roses and blue butterflies."

Kathy Wills Lakewood, OH

"Thanks so much. This was the first burial I ever had to plan and I expected a 'high pressure' meeting. It was anything but.Your funeral director Amy did a first class job. All was made very clear. The time and energy that Celebrant Heidi put int her presentation was remarkable. I couldn't have asked for anything better and he would have loved it!"

Pat Parma, OH

“Busch has done many of my family’s funerals. You have always been well priced, very caring of the families needs, and will do whatever it takes to accommodate the needs of the family. We will definitely use you again in the future. At my mother’s funeral in December you were so kind and courteous at the graveside funeral. I just want to thank all of you for how considerate and compassionate you all are. It is hard enough to suffer a loss, but when you have a funeral home that goes out of their way to help you through it, and the price was excellent, it means the world to the family. Thank you.”

Judy Niskey LaGrange,OH

Have Questions About Burial and Funeral Services? We Can Help.

1. What is a funeral?

Funerals bring families and friends together in a central location to grieve. Many experts believe that a funeral or memorial service is a necessary step in the healing process, and without the opportunity, some may not face the reality of a death. No two funerals are the same but every service is designed to honor the life lived, provide an opportunity for family and friends to say farewell, and offer condolences and to provide some closure for survivors.

2. What type of funeral service should I have?

Visitations, funerals and gatherings are traditions rooted in every culture. These special services provide an opportunity for families to receive support and to grieve together.

Having some type of memorial service sets aside a special time to share memories, and reflect after a loved one has died. These gatherings can take place anywhere—from a funeral home to a church to a place of special significance. 

3. Can I personalize my funeral service?

Yes, and at Busch we believe it’s an important part of celebrating a life. We work directly with you and your family to learn about your loved one and your family's beFliefs, and offer ideas designed to deepen the meaning of your tribute. Visit our personalization page to learn more.

4. Should we have an open casket?

Choosing to have an open casket is always a personal decision. Many cultures and religions believe it’s an important part of saying goodbye and grief experts believe it can aid in the healing process by recognizing the reality of death. Ultimately, it’s up to you, your family and your loved one’s final wishes.

5. How do I place an obituary notice?

Many newspapers allow family members to place an obituary notice. Though, some may require that the notice be submitted through a funeral home. We can assist you in this process for a nominal composition and placement charge.

Please note that most newspapers are now charging for obituary notices. If we place an obituary on your behalf, we will let you know the cost from the newspaper for your approval.

6. What do funeral directors do?

Helping others to cope with the emotional upheaval a major loss brings is a funeral director’s most important job. Funeral directors are experts when it comes to providing comfort, compassion and kindness for grieving families.

In addition to bereavement consolation, funeral directors are trained to make funeral planning easier by helping to manage every step of a loved one’s final arrangements. To learn more, visit our page on How a Funeral Director Can Help.

7. What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?

Busch is available 24/7 at 1-800-252-8724. If a death has occurred, call us and a member of our caring staff will help you take care of every important detail.

Click here to learn more about who to call when someone passes away.

8. What should I do if a death occurs while away from home?

When a death occurs away from home, Busch will serve as your advisor and your agent coordinating long-distance details with other professionals. We belong to a nationwide associate of funeral directors, which enhances our ability to coordinate the legal and practical details of a death away from home. Please read our Death Away From Home brochure for more details.

9. How do I obtain a death certificate?

The State of Ohio or the county registrar issues certified death certificates where the death occurred. Each state will have its own fees for certified death certificates. In Ohio, registrars charge $22 to $25 for each copy.

Here's everything you need to know about filling out a death certificate in Ohio.

10. How many copies of a death certificate will I need?

The number of certificates depends on your family and individual circumstances. You will need “certified” death certificates to complete a variety of legal transactions.

The following lists the most common transactions requiring certified death certificates:

  • Probating the will.
  • Filing life insurance (each policy will need a copy).
  • Changing property deeds or titles.
  • Closing bank accounts, IRAs, mutual funds, stocks or bonds. 

It is usually beneficial to order a few extra copies for unexpected needs. Photocopies are not acceptable for legal purposes.

11. Who will notify the Social Security Administration (SSA)?

When any death occurs, the Social Security Administration (SSA) must be notified. Busch will submit the initial notification of death to the SSA office, which informs them of the death. We suggest that the next of kin contact the SSA at their earliest convenience. This will determine how their benefits may change. Additional information is available on the SSA website.

12. Does Social Security ever pay for the burial?

Social Security does not pay for final arrangements. While certain survivors may be eligible for a survivor benefit, it is sent to the survivor and cannot be used at a funeral home. There is a $255 death benefit payable only to a surviving spouse or other legal dependent. If there is no legal dependent, the benefit is not available.

13. What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming cleans and preserves your loved one's body, slows the process of decomposition, and enhances the appearance of the body for those who choose to have an open casket. This enables family and friends to view the deceased as they were. Viewing the deceased can be beneficial, especially for those who are having a difficult time facing the death.

Embalming also makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final resting place. This offers family members time to arrange services to pay tribute to a loved one in the most meaningful way.

14. Is embalming mandatory by law?

Not in all cases.

Each state has its own rules and regulations governing embalming. In the State of Ohio, law does not require embalming. Most common carriers (airlines etc.) require embalming before transportation. The laws of the destination state or country will also apply.

Ohio law requires that a body be embalmed, refrigerated or placed in an odor-proof container 24 hours after the death. If you select a public service of visitation with an open casket, we do require embalming.

15. How much does a funeral cost?

We offer a variety of burial options to best fit your wishes and budget. Visit our burial pricing page for more information.

You can also learn more about what impacts the cost of a funeral in this resource.

16. What is a burial vault and why do I need one?

A burial vault, also known as an outer container, encloses a casket to help prevent a grave from sinking. They are often made of concrete, wood or steel. Most state and local laws do not require the purchase of an outer container; however, many cemeteries do. Contact Busch at 1-800-252-8724 for help with choosing a local cemetery and/or questions regarding outer burial containers.

17. What is a green burial?

The Green Burial organization partners with land trusts, park service agencies and the funeral profession to help consumers get the greenest burial experience possible. This type of "Green Funeral" helps to reducing toxins, waste and carbon emissions. To learn more about green burial options in Northeast Ohio, view this resource. Or, visit the Green Burial Council website.

18. Does the Veterans Administration (VA) ever pay for burial?

The VA does not pay for services unless a death occurs while on active duty. The VA provides either ground burial or entombment of cremated remains. A Veterans' Cemetery is no expense to the veteran.

Also, a flag for military honors, an honor guard to present the flag and a memorial maker are provided. 

To learn about additional benefits that may be available, please visit the Veterans Administration website

Ready to schedule burial services? Have questions about Cleveland funeral services?

As a fourth-generation family-owned and operated funeral home, we believe that family matters. That's why Busch Funeral and Crematory Services takes personal pride in offering the highest level of service to the communities we support.

Let our caring staff help you create a personal tribute. Contact us today for help if a death has occurred, you're interested in preplanned burial arrangements or have general questions.

If a death has occurred, you can reach us 24/7 at 1-800-252-8724.