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People often ask us, “What happens during the cremation process?” or "How is a body prepared for cremation?". Without getting into too much detail, we outline the basics of the cremation process:
When it comes to the actual cremation process, there are many misconceptions about what really happens. Many people believe that cremation is done by simply setting the body on fire and burning it. However, the process is done with a lot more care and is much more technical in nature.
The entire cremation process takes approximately three hours and a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification of cremated remains throughout the process. We provide a temporary cremation urn with all of our direct cremations. A permanent cremation urn can be purchased at the time of cremation or at a later date. Often cremated remains are left in the temporary urn for many months, as a family decides on the desired cremation ceremony.
The process of cremation involves reducing a body to ash by exposing it to very high temperatures. The process begins once the family has provided authorization to have the body of the deceased cremated. The crematory operator then prepares the body and removes jewelry, medical devices (i.e. pacemakers), prostheses, and implants. The body is placed in a container made from wood or heavy cardboard and is then placed into the retort or crematory chamber. The heat ignites the container and the body begins to dry out. The temperature in the chamber can rise to roughly 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. What’s left at the end of the cremation process is a grey coarse material that feels like a fine gravel. On average, 3 to 9 pounds of ash is produced (Kim, 2018).
If you have questions about the process of cremation, or would like to discuss the reasons behind the cremation ceremony, please call our funeral home at (410) 777-5295. We have many years of experience and would be honored to help you and your family.
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