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:
Cremation may occur at a facility close to the place of death, or the deceased may be transported to a crematorium in another county or state.
Immediate family members and those close to the deceased may witness the cremation process.
Cremation process photos are offered by some funeral homes and crematoriums.
A choice of cremation containers is available, ranging from a simple cardboard box to a combustible hardwood casket.
Funeral homes and crematoriums offer a choice of urns for purchase. Alternatively, family members may provide their own suitable container for the remains.
Following cremation, remains may be buried, kept in an urn, scattered, or placed in a memorial site such as the Memorial Reef or other concrete structure.
Cremation Process in North America
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.
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the... Read More
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the wonderful staff of Neptune Society for the excellent manner all of you performed before and after the passing of my wife, Dawn.
Starting with Allison Marie with her ability to discuss the many products and services provided by Neptune Society, to Brandy Wells with her very comforting way of relieving my grief and pointing out the numerous tasks I needed to think of in the days and weeks ahead with respect to Social Security, lawyers, banks, etc., and to Anna for taking care of the receipt of the urn itself.
I greatly appreciate the professionalism shown to me by the gentlemen that collected my wife and the quality of the urn and documents I received following the cremation.
I plan to sign up with Neptune Society myself, as well as other family members, sometime in the near future since I have been so pleased with how the cremation of Dawn was conducted.
Anna, I just wanted to thank you for the really... Read More
Anna, I just wanted to thank you for the really nice experience I had with you and your company when my cousin passed away last month. I live in PA and had to rely on recommendations for your service. In addition, I paid for my cousin’s cremation a couple of years in advance hoping that there would be no problems when my cousin passed. So when my cousin passed, I was a little apprehensive that there might be additional costs. There were none. The whole process went as told and I could not have been happier. It was such a relief! Thank you again for your services, You were a joy to work with.
Dear Lisa, On behalf of our family, I would like... Read More
On behalf of our family, I would like to thank the Neptune staff and you in particular for your help, compassion, and kindness at the extremely difficult time of our loss. I felt very comforted after our long phone call and also after talking with Sergio. Once again many thanks to all of you for everything.
All the best,
Rebecca B. and family
Dear Carolyn, My experience with the Plano Neptune staff has... Read More
My experience with the Plano Neptune staff has been wonderful.
Even though I was making arrangements for my wife of 39 years: Chris.
I read all the support emails afterwards and they were very helpful.
I have been, and will continue to recommend you.
Thank you for all your help and support.
We were quite a distance from my father and his... Read More
We were quite a distance from my father and his wife. We live in Wisconsin, they in Florida. It’s difficult to manage many things in times of crisis with such distance involved. Neptune was the answer. They handled everything with professionalism, respect, and sincerity. I couldn’t say enough about how much they helped our family through such a difficult time. Marianna is our contact at Neptune. She was heaven sent. She kept all the wheels moving in the right direction. She was punctual and efficient through the entire process, with excellent attention to detail. She made our difficult time so much easier. Thank you Neptune Society of Fort Myers, and especially Marianna.
Let's be real for a minute, people. You can plan... Read More
Let’s be real for a minute, people.
You can plan and organize or choose not to,
but death is a train and it’s been on the tracks since birth.
When it comes, those left behind are in for a rough time.
I’ve buried 4 members of my immediate family and been in charge of all decisions for 2 of those,
so I know.
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I had other things to deal with of course,
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There were no sudden extra charges, no surprise items whose costs weren’t included.
Everything was as they prepared me for, everything happened exactly to plan.
They cared for my mother last month.
They’ll be caring for my wife someday, and me as well.
Their service was that solid.
I could have tried to pay less
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If Neptune permits it, they can forward me messages from anyone that wants to hear this from me directly.
I’ll respond to anyone that wants to verify my statements.
Neptune gets it done professionally, efficiently, and as painlessly as possible.
Completely caring respectful to everyone. There to assist even after... Read More
Completely caring respectful to everyone. There to assist even after the passing of the loved ones.
Neptune Society took care of my 95 year old mother... Read More
Neptune Society took care of my 95 year old mother and the entire thing was handled with utmost dignity and kindness. Five stars for a great company!!! Donny Bobo was my director and I can’t say enough good about him.
Bonney Lake, WA
Carolyn, I just wanted to take the time to thank... Read More
Carolyn, I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all of your help during this difficult time. Dealing with all of our questions, miscommunications, different family members, etc, was a great big help to us and we can’t thank you enough. Thank you for taking care of my father and easing our anxiety. Our appreciation is great and we’ll never forget it.
The Burt Family
The Burt Family
Ana Hernandez and the staff at the San Pedro, CA... Read More
Ana Hernandez and the staff at the San Pedro, CA location handled my wife’s arrangements with the utmost professionalism and accommodation. Thank you again to everyone for your patience, help, and understanding. They returned my many phones calls promptly as I live in Las Vegas and my wife who was in long-term care passed away in California. They were nice enough to have my grandson pick up some of her ashes and bring them to his mother (my stepdaughter) and mail the rest to me in an urn which I have received as I have trouble driving a long distance. Excellent customer service. Both of my parents were handled by The Neptune Society. I had prepaid my wife’s arrangements. I have made prearrangements for myself. Of course, I highly recommend The Neptune Society. Thank you again.
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Interment of ashes refers to cremated remains being buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. A columbarium is a building specially designed to hold ashes. Interment is ideal for people who do not wish for their ashes to be scattered or displayed in the home. There are also religious reasons for ashes to
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Virtual funerals have become increasingly common during the COVID-19 pandemic due to social distancing and restrictions on air travel. They are similar to traditional in-person funerals but are live-streamed on platforms such as Facebook, Skype, and Zoom. These platforms make it possible for anyone worldwide to view a funeral from their computer, smartphone, or tablet.
Neptune Society is the largest provider of affordable cremation services in the nation. Thanks to the loyal support of generations of families, we’ve now grown to 45 locations nationwide with continued expansion in the future. Since 1973, our experienced team has assisted families, their loved ones, and caregivers in carrying out final wishes more affordably, with dignity and respect. Please contact your local Neptune Society office for cremation prices, and to learn more about our cremation service.
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