The Ins and Outs of Cremation: What To Know

Cremation is a popular choice among many people. Whether you’re thinking about cremation for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know all the facts. What does cremation involve? How does it all work?

Saying goodbye to someone you love is never easy but when you know their wishes, it can make the burial process more peaceful for everyone. Take a look at this step-by-step guide on cremation.

1. Getting Authorization

Once your family member or friend has been officially identified and released to the crematorium, they will require you to sign paperwork to start the process. Each state has laws about who is allowed to make decisions on behalf of the deceased.

You will also be asked about the type of container you wish the ashes to be left in and confirm who will collect the remains.

2. Preparation of the Body

Unless you want your loved one to be viewed in an open casket beforehand, bodies that are cremated aren’t usually embalmed. Your loved one will be cleaned and dressed and any jewelry will be removed for family members to keep (unless requested otherwise).

Lastly, the body is put into a combustible vessel of your choice and moved into the cremation chamber.

3. The Cremation

The cremation takes place in a specially designed furnace, with temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. When the procedure is over, the furnace is left to cool before the ashes are collected. If your relative had any pieces of metal in their body, these will be taken out using a special magnet.

The remains are then processed and ground down until you have what will be transferred to your chosen stone or glass urn. The whole process takes up to three hours. If you have more questions about this process you can learn about cremation by getting in touch with your local crematorium.

Why Cremation?

There are lots of benefits to cremation. The biggest one may be that you can tailor your cremation services to exactly the way your loved one would have wanted. You can hold a celebration of life service wherever you choose and scatter the ashes privately as a family.

Many religions are now becoming more accepting of cremation, so going against your religious beliefs isn’t something you need to worry about. If you’re unsure, it’s best to ask your leader in faith before going ahead.

Although cremation releases emissions into the atmosphere from the furnace, you’re saving the earth by digging one less burial site in a cemetery. In addition, the cremation cost is far less than the cost of a traditional burial.

Knowing All You Can About Cremation

We can never be sure when life will end but we can plan for after death. Knowing all you can about cremation will empower you to make the right choice, whether it’s for you or someone else. If you want to turn a funeral into something truly special, cremation could be your best option.

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