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The Cremation Process
The services provided by the funeral director will usually consist of the transferring of the deceased to the crematory, preparing the body, obtaining the necessary signatures from the doctor or coroner, obtaining death certificates and permits, insuring that pacemakers, and other medical devices are removed in addition to jewelry, etc. Because most states require a waiting period of up to 48 hours before cremation begins and since there is usually no embalming, the body must be transferred to a refrigerated room.
All cremations are performed individually.
For performing a cremation the casket or container is placed in the chamber for 1 to 3 hours at a temperature of approximately 1400 to 1800 degrees. Depending on the size and weight of the body, by that time all organic matter is consumed by the heat, flame, or evaporation. The remaining residue is primarily ash and bone fragments which are carefully removed and run through a processor into a powder. The powder, normally weighing between three and nine pounds, will then be placed in the urn purchased by the family. The entire process usually takes approximately three hours. Witnessing the process is available for members of the family or their representatives.
A traditional funeral service before the cremation is an option available to the family, as is a memorial service after the cremation with the urn present.
The family can inter the urn in a cemetery plot, a columbarium (free standing wall with numerous niches to hold urns), or take the urn home. Scattering the cremated remains is also an option to the family but must be done in accordance with state or local laws.