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Robert Bates
B: 1928-06-20
D: 2019-10-21
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Bates, Robert
Mary Sheets
B: 1939-12-06
D: 2019-10-20
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Sheets, Mary
Michael Johnson
B: 1959-09-26
D: 2019-10-18
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Johnson, Michael
Mary Tremper
B: 1927-06-29
D: 2019-10-18
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Tremper, Mary
Linda Graham
B: 1942-04-01
D: 2019-10-18
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Graham, Linda
Harry Tesar
B: 1936-05-31
D: 2019-10-18
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Tesar, Harry
Rubina Graulich
B: 1935-07-20
D: 2019-10-16
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Graulich, Rubina
Francis Urhle
B: 1940-06-13
D: 2019-10-15
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Urhle, Francis
Rodney Abshire
B: 1956-09-29
D: 2019-10-15
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Abshire, Rodney
Norris Assam
B: 1942-09-20
D: 2019-10-15
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Assam, Norris
Clair Hamilton
B: 1931-01-21
D: 2019-10-14
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Hamilton, Clair
Donna Sigley
B: 1951-12-05
D: 2019-10-14
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Sigley, Donna
Michael Carter
B: 1948-09-02
D: 2019-10-13
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Carter, Michael
Mary Botteon
B: 1944-07-07
D: 2019-10-12
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Botteon, Mary
Patricia Smith
B: 1955-12-02
D: 2019-10-12
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Smith, Patricia
Therese Vogt
B: 1959-01-21
D: 2019-10-11
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Vogt, Therese
Lily Foller
B: 1939-11-15
D: 2019-10-11
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Foller, Lily
Michael Hall
B: 1960-02-21
D: 2019-10-11
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Hall, Michael
Rella Sibley
B: 1942-06-02
D: 2019-10-10
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Sibley, Rella
Tracy Goslin-Jacobs
B: 1974-01-16
D: 2019-10-09
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Goslin-Jacobs, Tracy
Marion Garber
B: 1939-04-12
D: 2019-10-09
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Garber, Marion

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The Cremation Process

The Cremation Process

People often ask us, “What is cremation” or "How does cremation work?". We've put together this page to provide families with some basic answers to these questions.

If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us. A member of our staff would be happy to explain the cremation process to you in more detail.

How Does Cremation Work? 

Without getting into too much detail, we outline the basics of the cremation process:

  • The cremation container encasing the human remains is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • After about 2 hours, almost all of the organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. What remains, which are essentially bone fragments, are known as cremated remains.
  • After a cooling period, these are carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner.
  • The cremated remains are then processed into fine particles and are placed in a new temporary cremation container provided by the crematory or placed in an urn purchased by the family.

Tree - What is Cremation?When it comes to the actual cremation process, there are many misconceptions about what really happens. When asked "What is cremation", many people would mistakingly answer 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

How Is a Body Prepared for the Cremation Process? 

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).

Couple Sitting - How Does Cremation Work?

If you have questions about what cremation is, the cremation process, 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. 

 

Sources: 

Kim, M. (2018). How cremation works. https://science.howstuffworks.com/cremation1.htm

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