Cremation takes place only after all legal authorizations are completed by the person( s) with legal authority, and identity of deceased person has been verified. Medical-mechanical devices, (pacemakers, prosthesis, radioactive implants, etc.) must be removed as they pose a serious hazard when subjected to intense heat or flame.
Cremation is the process of reducing the body to bone and skeletal fragments through the use of intense heat and flame. It is an irreversible process. Within the cremation chamber, organic tissues are vaporized and the skeletal framework is reduced to elemental substances in a fraction of the time required by natural bacterial decomposition.
To begin the process, the deceased person is placed into a combustible container, which is then placed in the cremation chamber by the technician. Open flames raise the temperature to 1600-2000 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three hours. To ensure thorough cremation, it may be necessary to reposition the deceased person.
After the cremation is complete and a subsequent cooling period, the cremated remains (skeletal framework) are removed from the chamber and placed in a receiving tray. They are then processed-reduced into a smaller consistency. Metal objects (hinges, screws, prostheses, etc.) are separated from the cremated remains and disposed of according to laws and company policy. The cremated remains are then placed into an urn or other suitable container. Cremated remains resemble coarse sand or fine pebbles, vary from light-to-dark gray in color and weigh four to eight pounds for the average person. Cremated remains are not ashes like ashes in a fireplace but bone and skeletal fragments and represent a human being. Please address any further questions regarding the cremation process to the funeral director.