Athens is the principal city of the Athens-Clarke County, in the northeast of the state of Georgia. With an estimated population of above 119,000, it is the sixth-largest city in the state.
There are currently four funeral homes in Athens, located around the city. Three of the funeral homes in Athens are within five miles of the center, allowing residents ease of access to funeral arranging services.
The city has two crematoriums, and there are six cemeteries and memorial gardens, including Oconee Hill Cemetery on Cemetery Street, Jackson Street Cemetery, and Brooklyn Cemetery on West Lake Drive.
Places of worship in Athens include the First United Methodist Church on North Lumpkin Street, St Gregory the Great Episcopal on Barnett Shoals Road, Congregation Children of Israel on Dudley Drive, and the Al-Huda Islamic Center on South Milledge Avenue.
Georgia state law requires that a death certificate must be filed with the registrar within 72 hours of the death. Unlike most states in the U.S., there are no laws requiring embalming in Georgia, however many families in Athens choose embalming for their loved one. Ashes may be scattered anywhere within reason, there are no specific state laws regulating this, but make sure that you are not inconveniencing anyone and seeking the landowner’s permission is always advisable.
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