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Cremation

Cremation is a form of disposition, just as burial and entombment provide for the final state of rest for the deceased. Cremation is the act of incinerating the deceased human remains and reducing the bone fragments and calcium that remain into minute bone fragments and fine powder. The cremation process usually takes approximately two hours per one hundred pounds of human remains using multiple gas jet flames that can reach 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The cremains tend to be gray in color and weigh three to six pounds, depending on the size of the adult to be cremated.

Cremation options can include visitation and/or services with the body present in a casket, memorial services without the body present, or the cremains present, memorial services without the body or cremains present, or a direct cremation without services.

Memorial urns are used to house the cremains permanently, whether the family chooses to use a family plot at a cemetery, mausoleum, or care for the cremains in their home. There are many urns to choose from and many cost variables depending how the urns are made or the material the urns are made of. A small number have been selected for your review. Always consult with your funeral director to help make the appropriate decision with you and your family.

An application for cremation is attached for your review, and must be completed along with the local registrar's permit, identifying the cause of death as completed by a certifying physician.


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