Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to dry bone fragments by applying intense heat. Cremation usually takes about three hours, although additional processing of the cremated remains can take another one to two hours. The body’s size and weight and the cremation equipment’s temperature can affect the length of the cremation process.
What’s Done to a Body Before Cremation? Is Embalming Required?
Before preparing a body for cremation, our staff must remove all implants, prosthetic limbs, and other devices that may be mechanical or radioactive, including pacemakers. This ensures the safety of staff operating the cremation equipment. Embalming is not required unless you plan to have an open-casket viewing of the body before the cremation. Any time viewing is requested, embalming is recommended to preserve the body’s cosmetic appearance.
What Remains After Cremation? What Happens to Gold & Medical Metal?
Once the cremation is complete, only dry bone fragments remain. These are then reduced to ashes, which are collected and added to an urn or container. We ask the family to remove any jewelry from the deceased before cremation, but if any gold or medical metal remains, we’ll collect and separate it. These metals may be sent to a recycling company with the proceeds donated to charity if you wish.
How Long Do You Have to Wait Before You Can Do Cremation?
State laws require a minimum amount of time between the time of death and when cremation can occur. Certain officials, including a doctor or coroner, must sign the proper paperwork before cremation may be authorized. The family will also need to give their written permission. Direct cremation may occur within a few days of death.
What Are Typical Cremation Costs?
Cremation costs may include transportation of the body, crematory charges, an urn or casket, memorial services, the gravesite or columbarium plot, and service fees for the required paperwork, including the death certificate. Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park allows each family to customize our cremation services, so their costs will vary.
Are There Any Religious Concerns with Cremation?
Cremation is acceptable in many religions, although some Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and Eastern Orthodox Christians may not allow it. Talk to a member of your church’s clergy for guidance.
How Hot Does the Cremation Chamber Get?
The cremation chambers range from 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The body is exposed directly to an open flame and intense heat during cremation.
What Do Cremation Ashes Look Like? Can They Be Switched?
Ashes from human remains are usually gray or white. We tag all bodies in our crematory, with that tag remaining throughout the cremation process until the ashes are returned to the family.
What Should We Do with the Cremated Ashes Afterward?
This decision is up to the family unless the deceased made pre-arrangements with our cremation funeral home. Ashes may be buried in an urn vault or columbarium or scattered in a meaningful place. Memorial services may be held anywhere from a private residence to a church or our funeral home. We carry many types of urns and caskets, even those to accommodate green cemeteries and water burials. Our caring staff is available to help you organize everything, including memorial funds, tribute videos, obituaries, and the ordering of flowers. We also provide daily grief support emails to families.
What’s the Expense of Cremation Compared to a Funeral?
While funeral and cremation costs will vary by state and provider, the average cost of cremation services is about 20% less than traditional funeral costs. The family’s decisions about burial and memorial services will impact the final price. Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park’s staff is available to help you plan the perfect tribute to your loved one. Please contact us today to discuss the personalized options we offer with our cremation services in Medford, OR.