Cremation refers to the process of transforming the body into a skeletal remains using heat. With the crematory working at an average temp. of 1750 degrees, the process, including warming and cooling of the retort takes approximately four to six hours to complete. Any metal objects that may have been included with the body and are not destroyed by the extreme temperature are then removed and the remaining bone is processed into a consistency ranging from powder to "kitty litter" size granules . Today, people from various backgrounds are choosing cremation as a more economic option to a traditional burial.
Cremation has found it's niche in society due to its affordability among other reasons. Those that choose cremation do so because it can provide a dignified and in some cases simplified method of disposition with the potential for more flexibility in the case of longer term planning concerning services and disposition of the body.
No. State laws do not mandate embalming prior to cremation. Our proper refrigeration technique and modern facilities eliminate that need. However, the family may opt for embalming when having a funeral service or viewing.
The law does not require that families supply an urn. However, the family may choose to bury the remains in an urn, place the urn in a columbarium, store the remains in an urn, or use an urn during a memorial service. If choosing to bury the urn in a cemetery, you may be required to select an urn vault as well which will protect the urn and the surrounding earth.
The cremation process itself does not require a casket. A rented casket shell with a purchased removable inner cremation liner would be utilized in the case of a viewing prior to cremation. All that is needed is a leak proof combustible container which will be cremated with the body. This container can be made of wood or cardboard and will offer dignity for the deceased.
The cremated remains will be handled according to the family’s wishes. The remains can be kept at home, buried in the ground, intered in a columbarium, or scattered on private or public property depending on state law. They can also be placed in a variety of objects such as a rock or bench outdoors or a piece of jewelry or other keepsake.
Yes. There can be a funeral service and a viewing prior to cremation or a memorial service. A Catholic Mass may now be conducted as long as all remains are intact and present at the Mass. The cremated remains should not be separated. Memorial Services with or without the remains present can take place at the funeral home or facility of the families choice. There can also be graveside services to scatter or bury the remains at a cemetery or other location.