Cremation is a funeral alternative that has grown in popularity. It is a form of funeral where the deceased’s body is prepared and placed in a chamber where it is effectively burnt to ash. The ash is then packaged into urns for the families to have in place of a corpse in a casket, as is expected in a regular burial.
Cremation might get frowned upon by some people, but it is considered a much more convenient, affordable, and eco-friendly substitute for the traditional funeral. It is not done absentmindedly; the body of your loved one gets ample professional care in each stage of the cremation process.
In this article, we shall explore the steps involved in cremation, from the crematorium to the families homes. So, for those who do not know what goes on when a body is cremated, especially those who think it’s as simple as “burning the body,” keep reading.
Vetting The Identity
In the cremation process, the first and arguably the most important step is confirming the cause of death and ensuring the medical professionals also verify it to be true. The deceased’s personal information is also collected to further verify the body’s identity.
This identity vetting phase continues throughout the cremation process to avoid a series of mistakes. It includes adding tags to the body so that for every phase in the cremation, from start to finish, whoever handles each stage, can tell the identity of the body.
The Mortician and other staff must add identity tags in every phase to avoid cremating the wrong body. It is not uncommon for the identity to be mistaken and the wrong remains given to the family, which can be disheartening for the deceased’s family, who expects the remains of their loved one.
Preparing The Body
The second phase of the cremation process involves preparing the body before it is placed in the container. It is an essential phase that cannot be overlooked, nor is it advisable to be rushed.
Preparation of the body involves checking for personal effects such as jewelry, piercings, or other adornments that could be left unburnt during the cremation process. These ornaments will be removed, bagged, and handed to the deceased’s family for storage. If the body has any surgical implants, these must be removed as they could lead to irregularities in the cremation.
Once the body is rid of any implants, jewelry, and ornaments, the Mortician in charge of the cremation can now place it into the cremation container.
Using A Cremation Container
For this phase, we should talk about the cremation container itself and why it is important to have a good one.
A good cremation container ensures the body is equally and uniformly cremated and also, so the body isn’t exposed to direct flame contact. It is recommended that cremation is carried out in a sturdy, durable, combustible container. The cremation container is usually cardboard, which is preferable for a smooth procedure.
Most cremation houses do this, but some do not inform the families if they did or did not add a cremation container. The deceased’s family must insist or inquire before the entire process starts to avoid hidden charges. At Templeton Family Funerals, you are assured of a smooth and orderly cremation procedure for the remains of your loved one.
Contrary to the general idea of what cremation entails, the deceased’s body is not placed directly into the cremation chamber. In fact, the body is first placed in what we have already discussed as the “cremation container,” which is often made of cardboard.
The combustible chamber is also going to be prepared for the process. It is preheated in anticipation of the prepared body. Once the chamber is preheated and ready, the body in the cremation container is placed inside.
From then on, the cremation process will take about 2 to 3 hours. During this time, the entire content of the cremation chamber would have turned to ash for collection.
Refining The Ashes
When the cremation is done, the next step is ensuring that the remnant ashes are properly sorted and refined. This sorting and refinement process ensures no impurities leftover so that the family gets just the remains of their loved ones.
The refinement process is done by hand, but make no mistake, it is meticulous and carefully done. At Templeton Family Funerals, we take extra care in this phase. For us, customer satisfaction is paramount.
Once the sorting is done, the ashes are moved into another machine known as the cremulator. The work of a cremulator is to further refine the ash into a fine powder, free of impurities and prepared for the final phase.
Packaging and Transportation Of The Ashes
After the body is prepared, cleaned, cremated, and sorted, the next and final stage is to get the ashes packaged and sent to the deceased’s family. You can have the funeral home send the remains in either permanent or temporary urns.
A temporary urn would naturally be made of plastic or cardboard and is only meant to get from the crematorium to the families. It is not as fancy as a “permanent” urn. Still, it is fairly economical and fairly durable, able to survive the rigorous trip from the crematorium to the home.
You can, however, opt for a more permanent urn once you receive the remains; it is a thing of choice from the moment it gets to you.
Cremation is slowly becoming more accepted as a form of a funeral for its convenience and affordability. Your loved one deserves a befitting funeral, and most importantly, one that won’t put too much strain on the loved ones, whether financial or physical.
Here, we can ensure that the remains of your deceased get treated with utmost care and attention. Need a cremation funeral at the best prices with great customer satisfaction? Then head over to Templeton Family Funerals; call us now!