What is Cremation?


Cremation is the process of reducing the body, by exposure to intense heat, to mineral form. What is left is know as "cremated remains."

Cremation takes place in a chamber called a retort. The retort is then heated to a temperature of 1600 degrees Fahrenheit.

After the cremated remains are removed form the retort, any non-combustible materials are separated and removed.

The total time for the entire cremation process is approximately three hours. Cremation is a strictly controlled process which takes place in carefully maintained facilities using procedural checkpoints which guard the dignity and individuality of each pet.

At Dogwood Pet Cremation Services our cremation technicians are certified by Cremation Association of North America.

Dogwood Pet Cremation operations are exclusive to the greater Cincinnati/Lexington area, due to the fact we are located within a premier funeral home and work in harmony with funeral directors. We fully understand giving every family peace of mind and dignity with every member of their family.

For additional information, contact your veterinarian or Dogwood Pet Cremation Services.


Who is Dogwood Pet Cremation Service?


Dogwood Pet Cremation Services is a division of Craver-Riggs Funeral Home & Crematory. Howard Riggs, owner, is a third generation funeral director/embalmer.

"Pet owners have a need to express their feelings about their beloved companions. Families need and want choices", said Howard Riggs. And, with that, Dogwood Pet Cremation Services was created to reflect the same standards of this funeral home

Dogwood is one of a kind. From our locally owned and operated state of the art facilities, certificate of cremation, witnessed cremation for those families needing added peace of mind and all cremated remains returned in a hand carved wood box that is placed in a handled bag.

Dogwood Pet Cremation Services has fulfilled the need for pet owners to have a means of disposition for their beloved pet that is dignified and sincere.


What Options are available?



Your pet and your pet ONLY is placed within the crematory chamber.


The crematory chamber is divided into dedicated sections and each pet is placed in its own dedicated section of the crematory. At the end of the cremation process each pet is removed from the chamber individually.