We believe that our families want honest and comprehensive answers regarding their cremation and funeral arrangements.
We hope that the information below will help answer some of the questions that you may have while planning arrangements during this difficult time.
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The following are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation. Keep in mind that laws and procedures vary from state to state and from provider to provider.
What is cremation?
To begin with, it is probably easier to describe what cremation isn’t. Cremation is not final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service. Rather, it is a process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using heat and flame.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
No. Only in the event a service with a viewing or a visitation is selected, then the funeral home will require that the deceased be embalmed.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, most cremation providers allow immediate family to briefly view and identify the deceased prior to cremation.
Is cremation accepted by all religions?
Today most religions allow cremation except for Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, Eastern Orthodox and a few Fundamentalist Christian faiths. The Catholic Church accepts cremation as long as it is not chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teachings.
Can an urn be brought into church?
Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic Churches also allow the cremated remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. In fact, if the family is planning on a memorial service, we encourage the cremains be present as it provides a focal point for the service.
Is a casket needed for cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is usually required is an alternative container made of wood or cardboard, which is cremated with the body. If a service is selected that includes a viewing or visitation, then a cremation casket may be purchased or a rental casket may be used.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
There are many options and laws vary state to state. Cremains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered.
Do people choose cremation only to save money?
While some people select cremation for economy, many choose this option for other reasons. The simplicity and dignity of cremation, environmental concerns, and the flexibility in ceremony planning and final disposition all add to its increasing popularity.
How long does the actual cremation take?
It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, cremation usually takes from two to three hours.
What happens after the cremation is complete?
All organic bone fragments, which are very brittle, as well as non-consumed metal items are “swept” into the back of the cremation chamber and into a cooling pan. All non-consumed items, like metal from clothing, hip joints, and bridge work, are separated from the cremated remains using a strong magnet. Items such as dental gold and silver are non-recoverable and are commingled in with the cremated remains. Remaining bone fragments are then processed in a machine to a consistent size and placed into a temporary or permanent urn.
What do the cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to six pounds.
Are all the cremated remains returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are returned to the family.
Do I need an urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the remains are to be interred in a cemetery or entombed in a niche. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.
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