The Cremation Process: Explained

06 April, 2017

The Cremation Process: Explained

If you don't know what cremation refers to, it is basically the process of disposing a deceased person into ashes - and cremation has been used for thousands of years. And although in the beginning, cremation was a primitive process, it has risen over time into a more standardized and professional version. There are companies all around the world specialized in cremation as a process which takes less than 2 hours.

The process of cremation actually incorporates 3 stages:

Preparation of the body

The process of cremation starts when a funeral director obtains the authorization to cremate the decedent from the closest surviving family members, who are obliged to sign a document provided by the funeral home. Next is the preparation process that includes removing items that are not wished to be cremated such as jewellery, medical devices etc. The body is then placed into a cremation casket that is usually made of wood or crematic container.

The cremation

This starts when the body is placed in the cremation chamber (also known as retort), which is a chamber lined with fire resistant bricks on both the ceiling and walls. The floor, on the other hand, is made of special masonry compound that is able to withstand extremely high temperatures. Once the body is in - the door shuts and the burning begins at a temperature from 1800°F to 2000°F.

Processing the ashes

After 2 hours of incineration, the bone remains are the only things left along with the ashes that are collected and handled for further processing. Here, the crematory operator also removes all metal debris if found (screws, nails, surgical pins etc.) and the remaining bone fragments are then placed in a special processor that consists of a cylindrical container with motorized blades at the bottom of the unit - specialized in pulverizing the bone fragments to a fine powder called cremains or the actual ashes.

Finally, the ashes are placed in a plastic bag within a temporary cremation container or an urn.

It is now that you decide how best to honour your loved one, some people choose to scatter the ashes in a place special to the loved one; others may bury the ashes in a cemetery with a special plaque of remembrance, some will choose to keep the ashes closer to home and may buy a cremation urn which is personalised or which captures the essence of the loved one; and more often now, people will share the ashes amoung family members in a smaller sharing urn or in a cremation ash charm or pendant which they wear on a necklace.

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