What is the cremation process?
The body will be transported to the crematory in an alternative container (an unfinished fiberboard box) or casket selected by the family that is required by the state and/or crematory. During cremation, the body is exposed to intense heat (1400 - 2000 degrees Fahrenheit) for a period of two to three hours, depending on the size of the body. During this time all matter is consumed with the exception of bone fragments, metal casket hinges, jewelry or prostheses. After the cremation is complete, the cremated remains are allowed to cool and then removed from the cremation chamber. Although utmost care is used, it is important to note that it is impossible to entirely recover all of the remains. A small amount will always be left behind and commingled with the next cremation. After the remains are removed, large bone fragments are then processed in a grinder and then placed inside a temporary plastic or cardboard container or an urn selected by the family. Cremated remains look similar to crushed seashells and can weigh between four and eight pounds. Each cremation is done separately. Non-combustible items that remain after the cremation, such as metal, jewelry, etc are removed and disposed of in a non-recoverable manner in accordance with applicable laws. Please notify your funeral director if you would like any jewelry returned to you prior to cremation.