The Process of Cremations
For Peoria, AZ cremations, large industrial furnaces that are specifically designed for cremations are use. The entire process is completed in about three hours. Before cremation begins, the deceased person is properly identified and care and respect for the deceased is given throughout the process.
Cremation simply reduces a human body to its most basic elements using open flames, intense heat (1,400 to 2,000 degrees Farenheight), and evaporation. The automatic and computerized furnace used for this process is known as a cremation chamber. The body is encased in a completely-combustible container, such as a wooden casket or a rigid cardboard container.
Cremated remains are usually called “ashes,” but in fact the remains are mostly bone fragments. The cremation process typically produces three to nine pounds of remains, depending on body size and cremation process.
The cremation process has five steps. The first step is to verify the identity of the deceased person and to get the proper authorization to cremate the body. Second, the body is prepared by the crematorium staff and placed in a fully-combustible container. Third, the body is moved to the cremation chamber. Fourth, the remains are removed. A magnet is used to remove any bits of metal that may be left behind, and the remains are ground. Fifth, the remains are transferred to a temporary container or to an urn that the family has provided.
After the cremation process is complete, the ashes are given to the family to keep or dispose off in whatever manner they wish. Often, family members will spread the ashes on a favorite place or, if the deceased person had a spouse who was buried, at the spouse’s gravesite.
Many people are concerned about how the body is identified and whether they can be assured that the ashes they receive are those of their loved ones. Cremations are governed by very strict procedures. In paperwork that the family completes, permission is given to cremate the deceased’s body. The paperwork also states who will pick up the remains and what type of container to use for the remains.
To identify the deceased, typically a family member is asked to verify that the body is the right one. After the body is identified by the family, a metal ID tag, which will stay throughout the entire cremation process, is attached to the body. After the cremation, the ID tag will be included with the remains.
Preparation of the body for cremation is similar to that for burial, except that in direct cremations, the body is not embalmed. The body will be washed and dressed before being identified by the family. All jewelry, assisted devices (such as hearing aids and glasses), and any medical devices (such as pacemakers and prosthetics) are removed. Anything the family wants to keep will be given to them, while the medical devices will be disposed of in a proper manner. Artificial joints are not removed prior to cremation, but since titanium doesn’t melt, many of the large replacement joints (knees, shoulders, and hips) are removed from the remains after they’ve cooled down.
If you’d like to know more about Peoria, AZ cremations, you can talk with our empathetic and experienced team at Simply Cremation & Funeral Arrangements. You can also come see us at our funeral home at 16952 W. Bell Rd., #303, Surprise, AZ, 85374, or you can call us today at (623) 975-9393.