Understanding the Cremation Process

Cremation Planning. A mausoleum on a spring day. Understanding the cremation process often means having a memorial ceremony.

The tragedy of losing a loved one can put a burden on a family, both emotionally and financially. You will have many important decisions to make in a relatively short time, and it may be difficult to understand all of your options. One of those choices is between holding a traditional burial service, or a cremation. You may be able to lighten your burden if you know and understand the cremation process.

First off, you should know that cremation does not eliminate holding a funeral or memorial service. The National Funeral Directors Association says that cremation is only one element of the process, and when it is a part of a meaningful funeral service, cremation can play a major role in the healing journey.

A cremation reduces the body to its basic elements when it is exposed to flames and intense heat. This process is done in a specially designed furnace called a cremation chamber. While cremated remains are typically called “ashes,” they will primarily consist of bone fragments. Cremation produces roughly 3-9 pounds of remains, depending on the size of the body and the process.

Before the process can begin, the deceased must be identified, and all authorization and documentation are completed. After that, the body is placed into a proper container, either a casket or a rigid cardboard container. The container is then moved to the cremation chamber, where the cremation takes place.

It could take around two hours for the cremation process to complete, followed by another hour for the remains to cool. Any metal is then removed during an examination of the ashes, and the remains are ground into a gritty, sand-like consistency.

Finally, the ashes are placed into a temporary container, or into an urn, and the ashes may be transported. After the cremation process, the family may then hold a funeral or memorial service, all specifically tailored to represent best and celebrate the life and memories of the loved one.

Whether you wish to take the time and set up affordable cremation services now or at the time of death, Simply Cremation & Funeral Care is available to assist you at any time. Our mission is to offer excellence in our service while providing the compassion, sincerity & understanding needed by families we serve.