Regulations and Legalities Involving Cremation

When a loved one dies, it is important to know and trust that their remains will be treated in a respectful and dignified manner. For those who have chosen cremation, it is especially helpful to understand the process in order to feel at peace with the decision of how to handle the remains.

A professional funeral director will help you decide on the many options you have available when it comes to the type of funeral service and the manner in which the deceased is handled. Be sure to ask your funeral director any questions you may have. When it comes to cremation, ask the funeral director where the cremation will take place. If you are having a funeral service with a viewing, the cremation will happen when it is over. Find out if the cremation will take place at the funeral home or at another location.

Many funeral homes operate their own crematorium. This can give you peace of mind that the risks of possible mistakes are significantly lessened when the deceased doesn’t have to be transported to another facility and the cremation is performed on site.

Making funeral arrangements can be very difficult for grieving loved ones. Often times, a person will make funeral and cremation arrangements in advance in order to lessen the burden on loved ones. This can help alleviate some of the financial hardship your family members will have to endure to pay for a funeral service and / or cremation.

Here are some things to consider when deciding on cremation services:

If you are not planning on having a public viewing or visitation of the deceased, you will not need to have the body embalmed. The embalming and dressing process can add up to $2000 to the cost of a funeral. If, however, you will be having a funeral service with a viewing before the cremation, embalming will be necessary.

Caskets are not required for cremation, although a container of some sort is needed. Often times, it is a wooden casket or cardboard box. Steel caskets are never used in the cremation process. If you are having a viewing beforehand, ask the funeral home if they have caskets available to rent, because you won’t want to buy an expensive casket that will end up being cremated along with the deceased.

The cremation process can take over two hours to complete. Most funeral homes will not perform cremations everyday, because it can take temperatures of over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit to completely cremate a person and the expense of generating that kind of heat can be very expensive. After the initial cremation, the bone fragments are removed and placed into a cremulator. These bone fragments are ground into a fine powder, which are placed in a plastic bag and a sealed box. These are the remains. The entire process should not take more than a few days.

Keep in mind these legal factors: Only natural items can be cremated. Jewelry is not cremated, nor is any medial equipment, such as a pacemaker. Only one body may be cremated at a time, however in some instances a mother and infant child or stillborn twins may be cremated together in one coffin.

Knowing this information about cremation will help you and you loved ones decide on the funeral service and process that most adequately meets your needs. By being prepared for your meeting with the funeral director, you can reduce the stress and anxiety that is common in this difficult time and rest easy that you’ve made the right funeral and cremation decisions.