Understanding the Cremation Process

By: Graeme Hogle
Friday, August 10, 2018

Cremation, as an option for the final disposition of a deceased person, has been around for thousands of years, however many people still don't truly know what is involved in the process. In order to make a difficult decision easier, it's important to understand the details and have your questions answered. You should feel confident in your selection and in the people you have chosen to carry out your wishes. Our experts at The CremationCare Center, will educate and walk you through the cremation process. Here are a few points that will help you understand it better:

1. Processing & Documentation

The cremation process requires the approval of the ones closest to the departed. Typically a family member, this person has to sign documents which grants the funeral director approval to go ahead with it.

2. Preparation Of The Body

The body is prepared for cremation, only once the funeral director has the approval. Everything from the body that doesn’t need to be cremated such as jewelry pieces or medical devices are removed. This is to prevent any accident from taking place as medical devices are known to explode under excessively high heat.

3. The Body Will Be Placed In a Casket

In case a memorial service is to be held, the body will be placed in a casket. The body may be embalmed if it is to be cremated at a later date. Prior to the cremation, the body is placed in a wooden box that’s easily inflammable. The box is then placed in the cremation chamber and sealed shut.

4. The Cremation Process

Human bodies are pretty tough and this is why modern cremation chambers take nearly 2 hours during the cremation. The body is exposed to temperatures as extreme as 1800° F throughout the process.

5. The Ashes

Once the cremation is complete, the chamber will have some bones and metal pieces left over in it. This is cleared by the cremation operator. The fragments will then be milled in a special processor until it turns into a fine powder. The cremains or ashes will then be handed over to the family.

If you would like to know more about cremation or other services we offer, our caring staff at The CremationCare Center will assist you with all the information you need. Give us a call at (416)-255-0035 or use our online form.

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