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.

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