FAQ


What Is Cremation?
Is A Casket Needed For Cremation?
Is Embalming Required Prior To Cremation?
What Can Be Done With The Cremated Remains?
Do People Choose Cremation Only To Save Money?
How Can I Be Sure I Receive The Correct Remains?
How Long Does The Actual Cremation Take?
What Happens After The Cremation is Complete?
Can Two Cremations Be Performed At Once? 
What Do The Cremated Remains Look Like? 
Are All The Cremated Remains Returned? 
Do I Need An Urn?
Do you have additional questions? 


Cremation FAQs

What Is Cremation?
Cremation is a process of reducing a human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame. 

Is A Casket Needed For Cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required is an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard, which is cremated with the body

Is Embalming Required Prior To Cremation?
Embalming is not required which helps to keep the costs of cremation services down. 

What Can Be Done With The Cremated Remains?
There are many options and laws vary state to state. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered

Do People Choose Cremation Only To Save Money?
While some people select cremation for economy, many choose this option for other reasons. The simplicity and dignity of cremation, environmental concerns, and the flexibility cremation affords in ceremony planning and final disposition all add to its increasing popularity. 

How Can I Be Sure I Receive The Correct Remains?
All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. If you have questions, ask the cremation providers what procedures they use

How Long Does The Actual Cremation Take?
It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, cremation takes from two to three hours at normal operating temperature between 1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F.

What Happens After The Cremation is Complete?
All organic bone fragments, which are very brittle, as well as non-consumed metal items are "swept" into the back of the the cremation chamber and into a stainless steel cooling pan. All non-consumed items, like metal from clothing, hip joints, and bridge work, are separated from the cremated remains. This separation is accomplished through visual inspection as well as using a strong magnet for smaller and minute metallic objects. Items such as dental gold and silver are non-recoverable and are commingled in with the cremated remains. Remaining bone fragments are then processed in a machine to a consistent size and placed into a temporary or permanent urn, selected by the family.

Can Two Cremations Be Performed At Once? 
Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously. 

What Do The Cremated Remains Look Like? 
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to six pounds.

Are All The Cremated Remains Returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

Do I Need An Urn? 
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased through us, or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a heavy plastic container. 

Do you have additional questions? 
If you have additional questions please contact us.