The Cremation Process Explained:
The body, enclosed in a container approved for cremation, is placed in a cremation chamber (known as a retort). The soft tissue is vaporized. What remains is not ashes, but bone fragments weighing from seven to nine pounds on average. The bones are collected from the cremation chamber and further processed into fine consistency, very similar to that of beach sand. This is what is contained in the cremation urn.
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body using high heat and flame. Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.
The simple answer is YES.
You can still have all the elements of a traditional funeral or you may choose to have a memorial after the cremation. What is most important is having some sort of ceremony to allow family and friends to begin their healing process. A funeral or memorial will satisfy these needs.
No, a casket is not required. Most crematories require an alternative container constructed of wood, particleboard or cardboard for direct cremation.
A rental casket is available for families wishing to have a viewing prior to cremation.
Yes, most Funeral Homes allow immediate family members to view the deceased for identification and closure prior to cremation.
Yes they can; some crematories will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. Some religious groups ask for this as part of their funeral custom.
Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic Churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. Including cremated remains as a part of the memorial provides a focal point for the service.
While laws vary state by state, for the most part, cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or in a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered.
All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains. Our experienced funeral directors can explain the cremation process in detail for your peace of mind.
It all depends on the weight of the individual. For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average sized adult usually weigh between 7 and 9 pounds.
An urn is not required by law. An urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a simple temporary container.