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 letters you see in the image.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

5 Memorable Ways to Honor Your Loved One Once They’ve Passed On

Our family and friends have a major impact on our everyday lives. When a family member or dear friend passes away, honoring their memory is something you want to do. Every person uses different met...

Funeral Etiquette 101

Funerals are solemn affairs full of grieving individuals. This means people are sensitive and can be easily offended, which is why it’s important for attendees to follow funeral etiquette carefully...

The Advantages of Working with a Family Owned Funeral Home

Dealing with a loved one’s death is never easy so organizing a funeral during this time can be very stressful. Choosing the right funeral home or director can reduce your burden by a considerable m...

Who Is Eligible For Hospice Care?

A hospice is a healthcare establishment for people with life-limiting illnesses or disabilities. This institution provides continuous care and companionship to people at the last stages of their li...

Understanding the Stages of Grief

Almost 30 years ago, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross write a book - “On Death and Dying”. The concept of 5 stages of grief was mentioned in this book. Since then, this has been used as the basic guideline to...

What do Funeral Directors do for a Family?

There are a number of ways in which you can honor & memorialize a person that has passed away. The funeral and memorial services provide solace to the family of the decedent. Most of the famili...

Techniques for Handling Challenging Anniversaries after a Death

An anniversary is an important milestone and people celebrate different kinds of anniversaries - it could be the day you met that special someone, got engaged, married etc. These events are a way o...

How Can I Explain The Concept of Death to my Children?

Talking about death is always hard, but it is especially difficult if children are involved in the conversation. Death in the family can awaken a child’s curiosity, which is challenging for parents...

Benefits of Planning Your Funeral While You’re Still Alive

It’s never an easy task to talk about death and most people don’t proactively start a conversation with their family on this matter. But the trend is now undergoing a slow change and we at Tindall ...

How to Choose the Final Resting Place after Cremation

Many people choose to be cremated with or without traditional funeral services. After the body is cremated, the loved ones left behind need to decide the final resting place of these remains. At Ti...