Cremation is selected for many reasons ranging
from religious beliefs or ethnic customs to cost. Most families
electing cremation are believed to do so simply because of
Cremation, or any other funeral service option,
should not be selected in an attempt to hasten or circumvent
the grieving process, which is a necessary part of re-adjusting
to life after death has delivered a great sense of pain and
The Cremation Process
Crematories generally require containment of
the body in an appropriate casket or other acceptably rigid
container. Your funeral director can explain the specific requirements
of crematories in your area. The containerized body is not
removed or disturbed after it arrives at the crematory, and
is placed in a furnace or retort. The cremation process exposes
the body to open flame, intense heat and evaporation, reducing
it to fragments in two to three hours.
Cremated remains do not have the appearance or
chemical properties of ashes, they are primarily bone fragments.
Some crematories process cremated remains to reduce the overall
volume while others do not. Depending on the size of the body,
cremation results in three to nine pounds of remains.
Depending upon arrangements made by the family,
cremated remains are placed in a temporary container for transport
or in a more permanent container, such as an urn, and returned
to the funeral director or a family member.
There are a variety of options
for the final disposition of cremated remains. Urns or other
containers may be placed in a niche at a columbarium, a structure
or room designed to contain cremated remains. Families may
elect to bury the urn in a family plot or cemetery. Or the
urn may be kept in another place of personal significance,
such as the home.
Subject to some restrictions, cremated remains
can be scattered by air, over the ground or over water. Your
funeral director can advise about allowable practices in your
community. Some cemeteries provide areas for scattering and
may provide a space where families can place a commemorative
plaque or other memorial.
Scattering of cremated remains should be accompanied
by some form of memorialization. Most people find consolation
knowing there is a specific place to visit when they wish to
remember and feel close to the person they have lost regardless
of whether the deceased person's remains are actually located
at that place. Families should choose an option that best fits
their emotional needs.
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