Common Cremation Questions
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How can I be sure I’m receiving my loved one’s cremated remains back?
We follow strict guidelines, and all identification is carefully checked when the removal is made from the place of death.
This process is witnessed by an employee of the hospital, nursing home, Coroner’s Office or a family member present at the home or place of removal.
An identification band is placed on the wrist of the deceased. Before leaving the place of death, each staff person confirms all existing paperwork with the identification tag.
At the crematorium, a stainless steel identification disc is assigned and placed with the deceased at the actual time of our arrival. This disc remains with the individual throughout the entire cremation process. After the cremation is completed, the identification disc is placed in the urn with the cremated remains.
Is it possible to have a viewing before the cremation?
Absolutely. Whether privately for a few moments, or perhaps more publicly, many families select to view the remains prior to cremation.
Can family members witness a cremation?
Yes, family members may be present at the beginning of the cremation process. This request should be discussed at the arrangement conference so a date and time can be scheduled.
Are cremations completed individually?
Yes. Laws require that only one casket or container is cremated at a time.
What happens during the cremation process?
The container encasing the human remains is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
After approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, almost all of the organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The remaining bone fragments are known as cremated remains.
The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner.
Finally, the cremated remains are processed into smaller particles and placed in a temporary container or urn. The entire process takes approximately three hours.
What can I do with the cremated remains?
Cremation provides many more final options than burial. Cremated remains, also commonly referred to as ashes, may be buried into an existing grave or placed into a niche at a cemetery, scattered, divided into separate portions, kept at home, divided or even made into jewelry.
How large of an urn do I need for cremated remains?
The recommended size of an adult urn is 200 cubic inches.
In the province of Ontario, it is required that a person be in a combustible container for the cremation process.
Does my religion allow cremation?
Some religions prefer cremation, others do not recommend the practice and others do not permit cremation. Most permit you to choose. Should you have any questions or concerns, we suggest you speak with a clergy member of your religion.
What happens to Pacemakers and Medical Devices?
It is essential that pacemakers and such other medical devices be removed prior to cremation. Pacemakers, or more correctly the batteries in them, may explode when subjected to high temperature, which can be hazardous to the crematorium staff and equipment.
How much do cremated remains weigh?
Usually 8 to 10 pounds, not including the urn.
Should you have additional questions, or wish additional information regarding any of the above, we would be pleased to answer any of your questions.
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