Understanding the Cremation Process

By: David Tindall
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cremation has become a popular choice in the recent years because it is both affordable and convenient. However, many still hesitate to make the choice because they don’t understand the cremation process well. At Tindall Funeral Home, we are always willing to provide clients with all the information they need so you can feel confident in your decision. Here’s a brief introduction to what you should know about this process:

1. Preparing for the Cremation

The funeral home performs a number of tasks before the body can be legally cremated. The first task is usually organizing the wake, memorial, or a similar service. Embalming the body is optional and most people choose not to do that for cremation. The next step is to get legal permission to perform the cremation.

2. Preparing the Body

After the visitation and documentation are done, the body is prepared for a cremation. All jewelry and similar items are removed from the deceased person to ensure the cremation happens safely. The body is then placed inside a cremation casket made from softwood, which means it’s ready for the next step.

3. Cremation

The body is placed inside a cremation chamber and the door is sealed shut tightly. Once that’s done, the cremation chamber is ignited and goes through a slow warm-up process until it reaches the required temperature of 2,000°F. A body takes nearly 2 hours to be reduced to ash and bone fragments.

4. Post Cremation

The chamber is allowed to cool down for 30 minutes before the remains are retrieved from it. All metal fragments like screws, nails, or surgical pins are removed from the remains before the bone fragments are placed in a motorized processor to be ground down. This powder is referred to as ashes or cremains, which is handed over to the family.

Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you want to know about our cremation services and need advice on different services.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

4 Tips for Explaining Death to a Child

Children are smarter than most people assume. They have the ability to understand complex concepts and show a surprising amount of empathy towards others. At Tindall Funeral Home, we know that adul...

How to Plan A Meaningful Memorial Service

Traditional funerals with their straightforward structures and age-old ceremonies offer a great deal of comfort to grieving individuals, especially if they are spiritual or religious. However, some...

Top Tips on Staying Safe in Public During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 issue has become a global problem, and it poses a significant threat to people's health and lives as well. This contagious disease can be disastrous if the person isn't treated on...

Grief Amid The Pandemic: How To Show Love And Support Through Social Distancing

A global pandemic is a very stressful situation, especially for people dealing with mental health issues or grief. They need direct support and compassion, which can be difficult to provide when yo...

5 Advantages Of Urn Vaults

If a loved one has passed and you are considering cremation, you'd have to determine whether you will be burying the ashes or keeping them somewhere else. Regardless of what you plan to do, you may...

Lost a Pet? How to Help Your Other Pets Grieve

Losing a pet is difficult for the entire family, including other pets. Unfortunately, many pet owners aren’t aware that their other furry companions also experience a sense of loss and need special...

Ways To Celebrate The Birthday Of A Loved One Who Has Passed

If a family member has passed away, dealing with grief isn’t easy. Many people find that they are unable to come to terms with their loss for a very long time. This sorrow becomes all the more chal...

What Can A Funeral Director Assist Me With?

Funeral directors are there to support you before, during, and after service. They take up many responsibilities during a funeral process, often customizing their services based on their client's r...

Financial Benefits of Pre-Planning Your Funeral

Most people don’t like to think about death and aren’t comfortable with the idea of planning their own funeral. At Tindall Funeral Home, we encourage you to think beyond this discomfort because pre...

Coping With the Death of a Sibling

Sibling relationships are unique and often tricky to navigate. That's why people often struggle to come to terms with the loss of a brother or sister. This unique bond has a significant influence o...