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Peacock Funeral Home & Crematory owns and operates its own crematory. The cremation unit is located on site at our facility. Our crematory is Columbus Co.'s ONLY crematory. Peacock has complete control and oversight of the cremation process to insure your loved one's care.


What is involved when cremation is selected?

The disposition of cremation can follow a traditional viewing and or visitation and formal funeral service, or cremation can follow a private viewing for the family, or cremation can be immediate(24hr waiting period); where there is no viewing and no services. After death occurs, cremation cannot take place until the following components are in place: 

  1. A mandatory 24 hour waiting period from time of death. 
  2. Signing the NC Cremation Authorization by all direct legal next of kin (unless a healthcare power of attorney is in place). Authorization paperwork available on this page.
  3. The completion and signing of the death certificate by the attending         physician and/or medical examiner.   
  4. The issuance of a cremation permit by the Medical Examiner if required. After these things are accomplished the cremation is scheduled with the crematory. Normally, cremation can take place within 2-3 working days following the death.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

There are many options. Cremated remains can be buried in most cemeteries, they can also be placed in a niche (a small crypt designed to be the final resting place) a columbarium (bank of niches), a garden of your choice, kept at home, or scattered on private property. We offer a columbarium in our cemetery


Are there any laws governing cremation?

Yes. There are many laws and they vary from state-to-state. North Carolina crematories are regulated by the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service.


Listed below is our "Identification Process"

  1. A wrist identification band is placed on the deceased. 
  2. A numbered metal disk is assigned, which accompanies the deceased while they are in our care.
  3. Deceased is placed in cremation container (law in North Carolina) and the deceased name and identification number is written directly on the container.
  4. Each direct family member signs an authorization for cremation, giving us permission in writing to do the cremation.
    • Order of next of kin:
      • Spouse
      • All adult children
      • Surviving parents
      • All surviving siblings
      • All of the persons in the next degree of kinship
  5. The death certificate and medical examiner’s cremation permit (if applicable) are signed with the cause of death. 
  6. Following a 24 hour hold from the time of death, only now can the cremation be performed.  
  7. The cremation is logged in the record book. The name of the deceased, date of cremation, time started and operator's name are recorded. Copies of identification paperwork are attached to the outside of the cremation chamber. The numbered metal disk is placed inside the cremation chamber with the body.
  8. Additional documents are prepared in the office while the cremation is taking place. 
  9. Immediately following the completion of the cremation, the cremated remains are placed in an urn or temporary container with the deceased's name already on the container.  
  10. The cremated remains are returned to the family. The family must show picture I.D. and sign a release stating that they are taking custody of the cremated remains.


Do I need an urn?

No. An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be inurned in a cemetery. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary container. We have a large selection of urns available if necessary.


Can a casket be rented instead of purchased when choosing cremation?

Yes. We offer a hardwood ceremonial casket for viewing or funeral services prior to cremation. 


Do all funeral homes and cemeteries have a crematory?

No - actually only a small percentage of funeral homes have their own crematories. Peacock Funeral Home & Crematory is Columbus Co.’s  ONLY family owned, in house/on site crematory.

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Helpful Forms

Power of Attorney

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Instructions for filling out the Cremation Authorization Form

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Cremation Authorization Form 

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