How Cremation Works?
When a loved one dies, they’re probably going to have a burial or cremation funeral, depending on their wishes before they died. However, many taboos have developed around this type of funeral service, with cremation being the more ‘affordable’ option to pay out for the service. Whether you like it or not, the cremation practice has been around for over 2,000 years! So, is this how cremation works?
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In today’s society, a modern cremation uses industrial furnaces designed to burn the body in two to three hours. For peace of mind, the crematory will make sure that the deceased is properly identified, the operation is safe, and care and respect is used during the practice.
Many facilities allow the family of the deceased to witness the cremation, but the space is often limited, so its always best to check with the facility to find out how many people can attend.
Cremation reduces the body to its elements through a process that exposes it to open flames, intense heat, and evaporation. All this takes places in a specifically designed furnace called a chamber or retort, and requires a container for the body, such as a casket to be cremated with the body.
The remains are referred to as ‘Ashes’, however, in reality, they consist of bone fragments, and while it’s important to recognise that the remains of the body are commingled with the remains of the container or any other incidental by-products of the incineration.
The deceased is identified and proper authorisation is obtained.
The Body is prepared and placed into a proper container
- The container with the body is moved to the “retort” or chamber.
After, the remaining metal is removed, and the remains are ground.
The ashes are transferred to either a temporary