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.
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.
Whether you are preparing for the loss of a loved one or planning services, we understand the personal, deep emotions you're currently feeling. The stages of grief are often unpredictable, and some days may feel better or worse than others.
To help guide you through your grief journey and provide you with information you need to heal, we encourage you to subscribe to our weekly grief support newsletter, A Journey Towards Healing. Sign up for our newsletter to receive weekly emails of encouragement across an entire year of your grief experience.
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:
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:
Busch offers families access to our Remembrance Centers, which provide a comfortable setting to choose from a comprehensive display of products.
Busch offers several burial options that can be tailored to fit any family’s needs.
"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!"
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
It is usually beneficial to order a few extra copies for unexpected needs. Photocopies are not acceptable for legal purposes.
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.
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.
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.
We offer a variety of burial options to best fit your wishes and budget. Visit our burial pricing page for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.