Frequently Asked Questions
- What is cremation?
- What is the expense of cremation compared to a standard funeral?
- What costs are involved in cremation?
- Are there any religious concerns with cremation?
- What if the death occurs out of state or out of the country?
- How do I know the ashes won’t get switched?
- What do the ashes look like?
THE CREMATION PROCESS
- Can I see the body before the cremation?
- Is embalming required?
- How long is the cremation process?
- What happens at the end of the cremation process?
- How hot does the cremation chamber get?
- Is the body exposed to an open flame during the cremation process?
- How long do you have to wait before you can do the cremation?
- What is done to the body before the cremation?
- What remains after the cremation?
CASKETS & URNS
What is cremation?
Cremation is the process of applying intense heat to a deceased body, reducing it to bone fragments.
Direct cremation tends to be about twenty percent the cost of a traditional funeral. Cremation is typically more affordable because permanent memorial and burial fees are not required, but are optional. Each family can choose the level of services they feel are right for them and can be as simple or elaborate as they choose.
Costs will vary by region and according to the services that are selected. aCremation’s basic cremation service exceeds all state and local requirements. Any additional costs would be related to any services you choose to have; memorial urn purchases; and permanent memorializations such as columbarium or grave sites.
Most religions leave it up to the individual. However some faiths such as Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, and Eastern Orthodox do not accept cremation. If you have any questions or concerns, you should speak with a member of your clergy.
You will call aCremation and they will work to coordinate the best situation for your family.
When a body is received it is tagged and verified before it goes into the crematory.
They are typically almost a white color although the shade will vary due to different factors.
You will need to discuss this directly with your aCremation Advisor but normally it should be viewed prior to being released to aCremation.
No. Embalming is typically used when there is going to be a presentation during a memorial service or there is a need to transport the body by rail or airline prior to cremation. Otherwise, refrigeration is used to retard tissue decomposition. Refrigeration protects the general public from potential health hazards.
Typically the entire process takes about 5 hours although the actual time for the body to be consumed is approximately 3 hours. Read more
Any remains that are not bone fragments are separated and permanently disposed. The bone fragments go through a process where they are grinded and reduced to small before being placed in a temporary container or urn. This is the final stage of the cremation process.
The cremation chamber will range from 1600 to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yes, the body is exposed to direct heat and flame.
Typically, state law requires a minimum number of hours between the time of death and when the cremation occurs (frequently 48 hours). Only the County Medical Examiner or a Justice of the Peace may waive this requirement. Read more about Legal Requirements.
Pacemakers are removed. The crematory must be made aware of pacemakers, prosthesis, implants, or other mechanical or radioactive devices (as well as recent radioactive treatments). These items must be removed. If such devices are not removed they can damage the crematory or personnel working nearby.
Once the process is complete primarily bone fragments remain. The ashes are collected and the fragments are reduced down to small particles then added to the urn or container and returned to the family.
There is not a legal requirement for a container. If an urn is not purchased from aCremation, a temporary container will be provided. You may wish to purchase an urn for permanent display or memorialization at a later time.