Cremation and What's Involved.
Cremation is an option that's becoming increasingly popular. Some choose cremation because of its lower cost, some for religious reasons, and others because of environmental concerns. While it is becoming more popular, many people still do not know a lot about the cremation process.
Are funeral arrangements different with a cremation?
That is entirely up to you. One of the advantages of cremation is that it provides you with increased flexibility when you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You can choose to have a funeral service before the cremation; a memorial service at the time of cremation or after the cremation with the urn present; or a committal service at the final disposition of cremated remains. No matter what you choose, we can make your cremation service a unique and fitting tribute.
Is a casket required?
No, a casket isn’t required. However, an enclosed, rigid container made of a combustible material is required to allow for the dignified handling of the remains. Just like a traditional casket, the container selected is a personal decision, and can still be personalized to reflect the deceased.
What happens during the cremation process?
During the cremation process, the casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 2,000F. After approximately 2 hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. What’s left is bone fragments, known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet. The cremated remains are then processed into fine particles and are placed in the container provided by the crematorium or placed in an urn purchased by the family. The process takes approximately three hours.
What kind of urn should I get?
A simple, plastic temporary container is provided by the crematorium, free of charge. However, you may prefer an urn that is more of a personal reflection. Just like with caskets, urns come in variety of sizes, styles and materials. There are many options varying from elaborate to simple designs. Selecting an urn is a very personal decision, and the most important thing is that it feels right to you.
A popular choice for the placement of an urn is in a niche. A niche is a recessed compartment designed for the permanent placement of urns. They are held in Columbariums, which are free standing structures designed to house many urns. Some are located outdoors in picturesque settings while others are located indoors in either a chapel or a mausoleum, often as a bank of niches along a corridor or a series of special alcoves. A vase may be placed on some closed-front niches for the placement of flowers by those who care to commemorate special occasions.
What if I prefer cremation, but my spouse prefers interment?
This is a common question. One solution is to purchase a grave. This would allow for the interment of a casket or container, as well as an urn containing cremated remains.