Understanding the Cremation Process

By: Brian K. Daly
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Burying a deceased loved one in a conventional burial ground is a process is more familiar than a cremation. The latter is now being chosen by many for its simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and convenience. Many people that pre-plan their funerals are also choosing the cremation option versus a burial. Here is some information on the cremation process.

1. Documentation and processing 

A cremation can’t be conducted without approval from the deceased’s closest family member. This person is required to sign documents granting permission to the funeral director to carry out the cremation.

2. Preparing the decedent’s body 

Once the family member has given the funeral director their approval, the latter will prepare the body for cremation. They remove jewelry, accessories or medical devices that don’t need to be on the person’s body when he/she is being cremated. 

3. Placing the body in the casket 

The body won’t be embalmed unless the deceased’s family wants to arrange a memorial service in which case the cremation would take place later. The body will be placed in a cardboard or wooden box, as these materials are highly inflammable. The box will then be placed in the cremation chamber before the door is sealed shut.

4. The time required for the cremation process to be completed 

The cremation takes approximately 1.5-2 hours and the body is exposed to temperatures in the range of 1800°F-2000°F throughout the process. 

5. Collecting the ashes

Once the process is complete, the bits of bone and metal pieces such as surgical screws, nails, plates etc. will be left behind. The latter will be removed and the remaining bones will be milled into a fine powder (ashes) that will be handed over to the family.

If you want to know more about the cremation process or want to arrange for a funeral service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help. 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Life Choices to Put On Hold If You're Grieving

You shouldn't put too much thought into significant decisions when you're mourning the loss of a loved one. Most individuals underestimate the magnitude of the emotional impact a loved one's death ...

Memorial Ideas For Veterans

Veterans and present military personnel are deserving of a dignified and moving memorial service. They should be remembered with reverence. Thus memorial services should be organized with care. We ...

Your Head Doesn't Know What Your Heart Feels

Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something important to you. You may feel a variety of emotions, such as sadness or loneliness. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we understand that...

The Importance Of Writing An Eulogy

A eulogy is a final farewell, a statement of sorrow and gratitude, and a means of honoring the deceased's memory. It is tough to write or talk about a departed loved one, particularly if you haven'...

Support Services Available After A Suicide

It's never easy to lose a loved one, but losing someone through suicide can be exceptionally difficult. While dealing with the shock, uncertainty, guilt, and loss might be overwhelming, there are a...

I Own a Cemetery Plot in a Privately Owned Cemetery, Do I Have to use Their Funeral Home?

At Ocean County Cremation Service, many of our clients have this question for us. The simple answer is “no.” If you own a cemetery plot in a privately owned cemetery, you are not obliged to use the...

Do I Have To Use A Burial Vault For Burial?

Many grieving individuals opt to inter their loved one's ashes in cemeteries. However, many people are not aware that they may need to purchase a burial vault for the burial, as we have witnessed a...

Coping With An Unexpected Death

The untimely loss of a loved one may be a traumatic event. Even though we all know that dying is a part of everyone’s existence, the untimely loss of a loved one will nonetheless be emotional. It’s...

Can I Rent a Casket For a Ceremony or Gathering Before Cremation?

As funeral costs continue to rise, some families may look for cost-cutting measures. The casket is among the most expensive components of traditional funerals. Even if the family elects for cremati...

Are All Caskets The Same Size?

At Ocean County Cremation Service, several clients inquire whether all caskets come in a standard size. That is not the case. A standard-sized one will usually suffice if you require a casket for a...