Many people have a great fear of the unknown and we understand that better than anyone. For years we have been successfully dealing with families that have lost loved ones and offering them proper guidance. If you are considering cremation for your loved one's final disposition it can be a very difficult decision. We are certain that if you understand the cremation process you will be able to make the best decision for you and your family. We want you to understand that this is a permanent process that is irreversible. Death is also irreversible, which is why we are here to help you, as a trusted confidant, through the whole process.
In recent years, cremation has become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional in-ground burial for many different reasons. Many people perceive cremation as being the more environmentally-sound choice, some prefer the efficiency of cremation, and undoubtedly, the lower cost is appealing.
Let's take a look at exactly what a cremation consists of, shall we? At the time of death, professional workers transfer your loved one to their cremation facility. Each state has a state-mandated "waiting period" until the cremation can be completed (normally from 24 to 48 hours), the deceased is regularly protected in a temperature controlled refrigeration unit until the time of cremation.
When it is time for the cremation, your loved one is placed in a cremation container (if required by state law), and then into the cremation chamber. This process, which takes from 2 to 3 hours, is generally overseen by licensed and trained staff. The cremation process could take a bit longer. The body is placed inside and the temperature is increased substantially until it is between 1400-2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is defendant on the body weight of your loved one.
Once the cremation procedure is complete, the cremated remains are removed from the chamber. Any foreign material, such as metal from bridgework or prosthetic devises, are removed and discarded. Depending on the wishes of the family, the cremains can be placed in a special urn called a "cinerary" urn which is sealed or in a small wooden or metal box. If an urn is not preferred, then the cremated remains are usually returned in a cardboard or plastic temporary container. The cremated remains are then either returned to family or delivered to a cemetery or other spot of you're choosing.
Once the process has taken place, the body has been reduced to a fraction of its original weight. What we commonly call "ashes" is technically called "cremains," meaning simply cremated remains. Cremains are essentially what are left of the bones of the body. The cremains are carefully examined to identify larger pieces of bone and to remove any artificial joints or dental fillings which remained in the body. Often, the cremains are further refined by grinding after the initial cremation in order to produce a finer powder which does, in fact, resemble ash.
Making these arrangements consists of many choices and decisions. I encourage you to take the time to ask questions before making a final decision about an event with this much significance. Allow me to help make this experience as emotionally satisfying as possible. Now that you have a better understanding of the cremation process you can make an informed decision. I want to do my part in educating you so that you can have a piece of mind in knowing that you did everything you could to celebrate the life of your loved one with no regrets later.