How Is a Body Prepared for Cremation?

when someone dies there are only two

ways that the body may be disposed it

can be buried or it can be cremated

cremation is becoming more and more

popular in the US and that has been the

tendency for the last few years and it

seems that it will keep on growing

so people are choosing more and more

cremation over burial and one thing that

we want to talk about today is how a

body is prepared for cremation according

to the funeral wise portal there are

these steps for a cremation cremated

remains are commonly referred as to

ashes however in reality they consist

basically of bone fragments it is

important to recognize that the cremated

remains of the body are commingled with

any remains of the container as well as

any other incidental byproducts of the

incineration cremation produces three to

nine pounds of remains depending on the

size of the body and the process used by

the Crematory the actual process of

cremation consists of five basic steps

one the deceased as identified and

proper authorization is obtained - the

body is prepared and placed into a

proper container 3 the container with

the body is moved with to the retort or

cremation chamber for after cremation

the remaining metal is removed and the

remains are ground the ashes are

transferred to either a temporary

container or in an urn provided by the

family we will today concentrate on

number two how is body prepared for

cremation usually the body is bath

cleaned and dressed before the

identification process the body is not

involved unless you request about public

viewing jewelry and other items that

you'd like to keep are removed any

medical device and/or prosthetic there

are mechanical or contained batteries

are also removed this is to prevent

reaction during the cremation process

items such as pins screws and joints

remain in place

recycling policies for medical devices

vary by facility but in no case are the

devices used as is they are disassembled

melted down or disposed or in some other

responsible method there are special

caskets made for cremation or a simple

cardboard box may be also used the key

rule is that the container must be

sturdy enough to hold the body and it

must be combustible then the body is

placed with the boxed or casted in the

furnace or cremation chamber referred to

as a retort which is an industrial

furnace that is large enough to hold one

body fire resistant bricks lined the

chamber and can withstand temperatures

up to 2,000 degrees

modern cremation furnaces follow

according to strict environmental and

air quality standards natural gas

propane or diesel fuels are used to fuel

the furnaces they are also automated and

computerized after incineration the

remains are cooled the operator inspects

the remains for remnants of metal left

behind and removed them by hand or with

a strong magnet we refer to cremated

remains as ashes but what is left behind

is actually bits of bone after cremation

a special processor grinds the fragments

into what we call cremains

this is what we mean when we refer to

ashes the cremains or ashes are they

transferred to a temporary container or

a cremation urn or one cremation urn and

keepsakes or cremation jewelry that will

be taken but by family or friends