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The Cremation Process
People often have many misconceptions about how cremation actually works. Many people think that cremation is completed by simply using fire to burn the body. However, the cremation process is completed with a lot more care and is much more technical in nature.
How Does Cremation Work?
We hear the question 'how does cremation work?' from
many families before they make their decision. 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 typically takes 2 to 3 hours to fully cremate a body. What’s left is a grey coarse material that feels like a fine gravel and on average, 3 to 9 pounds of ash is produced (Kim, 2018).
6 Steps to the Cremation Process at Metropolitan Funeral Chapels
1. Plan Online or Call Us
You can start planning a cremation service with our online platform.
However, if you have questions or need assistance immediately, please give us a call
2. Making the Agreement Official
After we receive your online cremation request, we will reach out to you to finalize the agreement and make an official record on our database.
3. Removal from the Place of Death
Upon death, contact us and we will remove the body from the place of death and transfer it to our facility. If you have chosen our direct cremation service, we will transfer the body directly to our crematorium.
4. Viewing & Funeral
If you wish to have a visitation or funeral, we will begin making the necessary preparations for these services.
At this step in the cremation process we will transfer the body to the crematorium, and the operators will then take care of the cremation itself. The cremation will take 1-3 days to be completed.
6. Safeguarding the Ashes
We keep your loved one’s ashes safe until the next of kin is ready to receive them.
Kim, M. (2018). How cremation works. Retrieved from https://science.howstuffworks.com/cremation1.htm