The Cremation Process: How it Works

Following a loved one’s death, it can be extremely difficult if not impossible to think about anything other than the pain you may be feeling or the longing for your loved one no longer with you. The last thing you want to have to worry about at that time are funeral arrangements and the exhuming process. This quick guide is here to help you through any difficult times by providing information relating to the cremation process.

How Cremation Works

Cremation is a process that involves reducing the human body to its most basic form through the use of large furnaces (most modern crematoriums use industrial size furnaces) which expose the body to intense heat, and eventually evaporation (in the form of ash, which is actually misidentified typically and is mainly bone fragments) after a period of two to three hours. Following completion of the cremation process there are typically three to nine pounds of remains left over, dependent on the individual being cremated as well as the processes used by the cremators. The actual cremation process is comprised of five steps, as highlighted by the website Funeral Wise. The 5 steps are:

  1. The deceased is identified and proper authorization is obtained.
  2. The body is prepared and than placed in the proper, desired container.
  3. The container holding the body of the deceased is moved to the cremation chamber.
  4. Following the completion of the cremation process, the remains are ground.
  5. “Ashes” are transferred to either a temporary container, or one usually in the form of an urn, requested by the family of the deceased. According to¬†Arlington Mortuary, who provide cremation services in Riverside, CA… ashes can also be placed into the lockets of loved one’s as a way to keep them close.

Cremation is ideal for many as the costs are typically quite often less than a traditional burial, and in addition preferences across the country have been and our continuing to shift towards cremating over burial. It is reported that over half of Americans now wish to be cremated as opposed to burial, a dramatic shift in the preference of several generations prior.

Some important things to note regarding cremation:

  • Typical cremation costs run from $500 to $2,000 not factoring any additional costs like a memorial service or transportation costs relating to the movement of the deceased.
  • Many religions are changing their positions on cremation, once opposed to the act, the Catholic Church has begun to accept the practice. It is forbidden in the faiths of Islam and Judaism to cremate the dead to this day.
  • Water cremation exists! Yes it is possible to have a flameless cremation; water cremations are considered extremely eco-friendly and better for the environment than a typical cremation process. The technique for water cremation was developed in the 1990’s for cows suffering from Mad Cow disease.