The Cremation Process
People often have many misconceptions about how cremation actually works. Many people think cremation is done by simply lighting the body on fire and burning it. However, the cremation process is completed with a lot more care and is much more technical in nature.
Cremation is the process of reducing a body to ash by exposing it to very high temperatures. First, the family or next of kin must authorize the body to be cremated. The crematorium operator prepares the body and removes any jewelry, medical devices (i.e. pacemakers), prostheses, and implants. The corpse is placed in a container made of wood or heavy cardboard. The container is then placed into the crematory chamber which is essentially a large furnace. The heat ignites the container and the body begins to dry out. The temperature in the chamber can rise to about 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. It usually takes 2 to 3 hours to fully cremate a body. What’s left is a grey coarse material that feels like a fine gravel. On average, 3 to 9 pounds of ash is produced (Kim, 2018).
Steps of Cremation at Thibadeau Mortuary Service
2. Make the Cremation Agreement Official
When you are ready to finalize the cremation plan, we will put your wishes on record and keep it in our database until death occurs.
3. Removal from the Place of Death
Upon death, we will remove the body from the place of death. After all paperwork has been completed and the medical examiner has given approval, the body is transported to the crematory.
4. Funeral Ceremony
If you have chosen to have some type of ceremony before the cremation takes place, we will begin and execute those plans accordingly.
5. Cremation Process
We transfer the body to the crematorium, and the operators take care of the cremation process. The body is placed in the cremation chambers and the process usually takes 2-3 hours.
6. Ashes Returned
After the cremation is completed, your loved one's ashes are safeguarded and promptly returned to you.
Is it Time to Speak with One of Our Cremation Specialists?
We encourage open dialog about all end-of-life issues, and sincerely hope you reach out to us to dig deeper into the topics related to cremation and burial. Call us today at 301-495-4950 to ask a question or to set an appointment (either in your home or our office). We look forward to the conversation.