What is the Process of Cremation? 5 Vital Things to Know

There are a lot of uncertainties in life, but the process of cremation does not have to be one of them. Making arrangements after the loss of a loved one is an important process and we will help you through each step.

We at Sussex Willow Coffins believe in finding the best options for these final important decisions. Cremation gives you a smart, efficient, cost effective and clean way to have a respectful funeral service.

Let’s walk through the major steps of cremation, some items to consider, and what the final process will be like.

What is the Process of Cremation?

Understanding the Process of Cremation

Cremation may sound intense in theory, but it is a clean and simple practice that provides an alternative to more expensive burial plots. Whether cremation or burial is right for you is a personal preference.

The process takes about one to three hours, depending on the size of the body and other minor factors. The process works in five sections.

Ashes are often the official term for the remains. Despite this, the majority of the ashes are bone fragment and the rest can have other incidental particles from the process.

1. ID and Official Documents

The process begins with official paperwork. The deceased in question must have all the identification papers. Once identification is complete, the crematorium then takes the body in to begin the process.

2. Body Preparation

Due to the heat, the attendants must remove any items that cannot go into the furnace. This includes jewellery and medical equipment.

They clean and bathe the body, ensuring that there is no grime or chemicals that can interfere with the cremation. It also keeps the dirt mixed into the ashes to a minimum.

3. Process of Cremation

Once the body is ready, the furnace is set up. The flames reach intense temperatures of 400 to 2,000 degrees Celsius. The high heat helps to burn the remains right into an ash form.

The body is put inside, in a combustible container, often a natural willow coffin or similar. The coffin goes within the furnace and burns with the body.

4. Breaking Down Remains

The heat will burn up the remains in a quick fashion, breaking down all but the bone and non-burnable materials.

The attendants remove the non-burnable materials that they could not get to before, such as pacemakers and dental crowns. The bones are then ground up to produce the final ashes.

5. Ashes and Container

The ashes, now in their pure form, come out of the furnace. You may use any container that you wish to keep the remains in. If you do not provide a container, the crematorium can offer a generic plastic container.

Treasured Keepsake

With a better understanding of the process of cremation, you can make an informed decision on whether cremation is the right funeral choice for you. It is clean, quick, and provides a simple reminder of your loved one.

Remembering your loved one at their best is the proper send-off that a funeral should be. We here at Sussex Willow Coffins, we ensure that your funerary choices give you the fondest memory of those who have passed.

For more information on how we can help your funeral decisions, contact us today.