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The cremation process involves breaking down the deceased body using high levels of heat in a specially designed cremation chamber. All cremations in the U.S. occur individually. The process of cremation normally takes two to three hours. The remains will weigh less than 10 pounds. Any large pieces or bone are ground into a fine powder and combined with the ashes, which are placed in a container or urn.
Cremation procedures vary based on the state, service provider, and selected funeral services. Below are some of our cremation options:
The process of cremation is a common choice among Americans. Cremation is preferred because the cremation procedure is a cost-effective and reduced land use alternative to traditional burial in a gravesite. Many service providers offer family members the chance to view a cremation process video which clearly explains what happens to the body before, during, and after the cremation procedure. This can be a good way to gain an understanding of how cremation works, and to help families decide if cremation is the right choice for their needs.
When considering cremation options, people sometimes worry about receiving the correct remains of their loved one. Modern cremation practices in North America include the use of a numbered metal disc that accompanies the body throughout the process of cremation for identification purposes. This is one of the safeguards that ensures the correct remains are released to family members by the crematorium.
Neptune Society offers a free, downloadable Cremation Answer Book to answer all your cremation questions. Simply complete the request form to download your copy.
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