Obituaries

Curtis Crumback
B: 1960-10-24
D: 2019-01-13
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Crumback, Curtis
Patricia Janssen
B: 1950-06-26
D: 2019-01-12
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Janssen, Patricia
Sandy Cookson
B: 1987-02-04
D: 2019-01-12
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Cookson, Sandy
Estelle Gantt
B: 1941-05-21
D: 2019-01-10
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Gantt, Estelle
Henry Richter
B: 1932-04-18
D: 2019-01-09
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Richter, Henry
Robin Harris
B: 1960-12-12
D: 2019-01-09
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Harris, Robin
Mary Major
B: 1967-05-26
D: 2019-01-09
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Major, Mary
Mark Thornton
B: 1961-06-05
D: 2019-01-08
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Thornton, Mark
Kathryn Gray
B: 1958-08-03
D: 2019-01-08
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Gray, Kathryn
Donald Kotch
B: 1936-02-14
D: 2019-01-08
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Kotch, Donald
Vincent Miele
B: 1935-07-07
D: 2019-01-07
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Miele, Vincent
Margaret Taaffe
B: 1934-06-07
D: 2019-01-07
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Taaffe, Margaret
Anthony Vajda
B: 1948-01-22
D: 2019-01-07
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Vajda, Anthony
Gene Papetti
B: 1965-06-25
D: 2019-01-07
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Papetti, Gene
Barbara Bramhall
B: 1935-06-25
D: 2019-01-06
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Bramhall, Barbara
Roberta Wigodsky
B: 1939-03-01
D: 2019-01-06
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Wigodsky, Roberta
Betty Van Greenby
B: 1927-02-01
D: 2019-01-05
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Van Greenby, Betty
Marilyn Perlman
B: 1923-06-07
D: 2019-01-05
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Perlman, Marilyn
Jerry O'Mahoney
B: 1966-11-24
D: 2019-01-05
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O'Mahoney, Jerry
Breeanna Preston
B: 1994-09-27
D: 2019-01-05
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Preston, Breeanna
Raphael Langford
B: 1944-03-16
D: 2019-01-05
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Langford, Raphael

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What is Cremation?

The Cremation Process

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:

  • 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.

process of cremationWhen 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

How Is a Body Prepared for Cremation? 

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).

how is a body prepared for cremation

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. 

 

Sources: 

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

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