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Reasons for Cremation
Cremation is selected for many reasons ranging from religious beliefs or ethnic customs to cost. Most families electing cremation are believed to do so simply because of personal preference.
Cremation, or any other funeral service option, should not be selected in an attempt to hasten or circumvent the grieving process, which is a necessary part of readjusting to life after death has delivered a great sense of pain and loss.
The Cremation Process
Crematories generally require containment of the body in an appropriate casket or other acceptably rigid container. Your funeral director can explain the specific requirements of crematories in your area.
The containerized body is not removed or disturbed after it arrives at the crematory, and is placed in a furnace or retort. The cremation process exposes the body to open flame, intense heat and evaporation, reducing it to fragments in two to three hours.
Cremated remains do not have the appearance or chemical properties of ashes; they are primarily bone fragments. Some crematories process cremated remains to reduce the overall volume, while others do not. Based on the size of the body, cremation results in three to nine pounds of remains.
Depending upon arrangements made by the family, cremated remains are placed in a temporary container for transport or in a more permanent container, such as an urn, and returned to the funeral director or a family member.