Cremation is the process of reducing the deceased’s body to bone fragments through intense heat. It can take from two to three hours to complete this process in temperatures reaching approximately 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. After cooling, the remaining bone fragments are further reduced to what is then referred to as ash, or cremains.
A common misconception that people have about cremation is that if a person wishes to be cremated that there will be no opportunity for viewing of the deceased, or that the body cannot be present at the funeral service. Cremation simply serves as an alternative form of disposition other than earth burial and can take place following a funeral service. A rental casket with a removable insert is available for these situations.
Prior to cremation the deceased’s body is placed into a Cremation Container, which is a casket-like box. The purpose of this container is to allow the funeral home staff to store, transport, and load the body into the crematory in a dignified manner. Style and make of the Cremation Container varies from solid pine to veneer covered softwood, or plywood.
Traditional Funeral Service
Although there are many different practices and customs associated with a traditional funeral service, the term “traditional” is understood to mean that the body of the deceased is present in a casket at the funeral service. Whether the casket is open for viewing or stays closed to the public is dependent on the wishes of the family. The traditional funeral service is followed by either an earth burial, entombment in a mausoleum, or by cremation.
A memorial service is a funeral service held when the body of the deceased is not present at the service. A memorial service is often held when the death and burial took place in another country or province, or a significant amount of time has passed between death and the time of the service. Some choose to have earth burial or cremation before the service. Most often in the case of cremation the ashes will be presented in an urn. A memorial table can be displayed at the church, chapel, or room where the gathering will take place. On this table one may place the urn, a picture, and personal items that speak of who the person was, what was important to them, and what they enjoyed doing, (i.e., a fishing rod, gardening tools, home-made crafts, or a collage of pictures).
What is cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body using high heat and flame. Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.
Is a casket needed for cremation?
A casket or a cremation container is required in order to place human remains into the crematorium. Weber Funeral Home provides many options to choose from.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
Not necessarily. Embalming is only required when the need to sanitize, preserve and restore the body is requested by a family.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, Weber Funeral Home will allow immediate family members to view the deceased prior to cremation. Although there are realities of the cause and manner of death that may factor the decision to have embalming occur or not.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. Some religious groups ask for this as part of their funeral custom.
Can an urn be brought into church?
Nearly all Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service.
How long does the actual cremation take?
It all depends on the weight of the individual. For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
What do the cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average sized adult usually weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.
Do I need an urn?
Yes, an urn is used to safely store cremated remains. Weber Funeral Home has a variety of options for any need from inurnment into columbariums, cemetery plots, scattering, travelling or keeping at home.