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What Does a Cremation Service Involve? Everything to Know About the Process of Cremation!

Cremation is the process of reducing a body into ash by burning it with high heat. This ash remnant is tiny bone fragments that the heat can’t vaporize. There are various types of cremation available to the general public, such as direct cremation, memorial service cremation, and traditional funeral cremation.

In this article, we’ll discuss what you must do before carrying out a cremation process and what happens before, during, and after a cremation service.

What Must I Do Before I Can Carry Out Cremation?

Depending on the funeral parlour your deceased is registered under, you’re required to present the following documents before preparations for cremation can begin.

  • Cremation certificate: This is, in essence, a death certificate given to you upon the death of your loved one.
  • Medical certificate: This is prepared by a doctor who conducted an autopsy on the deceased. It’s then given to the cremation authorities to assist them in determining the cause of death. A confirmatory medical certificate from another doctor is frequently required.

After reviewing these documents, you’ll be given a cremation application form. When completed, this form authorizes the process to begin.

What Happens Before a Cremation Service?

The funeral parlour prepares the body of the deceased for cremation through the following steps:

  •     The body is washed and sanitized.
  •     The body is wrapped in a white cotton sheet.
  •     It’s then placed in a combustible casket or container and transported to the service location. If there’s no service, the body is taken directly to the crematorium.

What Happens at a Cremation Service?

You can have a service prior to cremation or a memorial service after the body has been cremated. Following the service, the body is transported to the crematorium. Depending on the deceased’s wishes or religion before death, a cremation service can be religious or non-religious.

Then, the body is burned at the crematorium and is gradually consumed by flames until only the ash remains. This burning process can take up to two hours. Finally, when the timer runs out, the cremator checks to see if everything has been properly burned and then stops the process. After that, the ash is swept out of the cremation chamber.

What Happens After a Cremation Service?

After cremation, the remains of your deceased will be examined for any metallic objects that may have been surgically implanted during their lifetime. These metals are then extracted, and the ash is transferred to a processor, which thoroughly grinds it to produce the final product.

Most funeral homes can collect the ashes and deliver them to you within a few hours of cremation, but a few may send them to you in a temporary container after a few days.

Finally, you can spread them immediately or transfer them to an urn or other special container for safekeeping.

Wrapping Up

While losing a loved one can be disorienting, properly paying your last rites should be a priority.

As a result, whatever type of cremation you choose to honour your deceased, make sure it’s done in a way they’d have loved.