Understanding the Cremation Process - Cremation Society of Washington
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Understanding the Cremation Process

Understanding The Cremation Process

Burial is a process that many people are comfortable with, as it is familiar, and most families do not opt for anything else. However, some people are now veering towards cremation and are also pre-planning for the same.

The Cremation Process

We at Cremation Society of Washington have seen that many people and families struggle with understanding what is involved in cremation. Here we provide you with some information to get a better understanding of what it entails:

  • During the cremation process, the family members of the decedent would have to approve it. One member would have to sign documents that give the funeral director the approval to go ahead with the process.
  • The body will be prepared to be cremated after the funeral director has received approval from the family member. Things such as medical devices, jewelry pieces, etc. that cannot be put into the incinerator would be removed. Some items, such as medical devices, can explode when exposed to excessively high levels of heat.
  • If the family wants to conduct a memorial service, the body will then be put into a casket. In case the cremation has to be taken place at a later date, the body would be embalmed. Before the cremation, the body will be removed and placed in an easily inflammable wooden box before being put in the cremation chamber.
  • It takes approximately 2 hours for the cremation to be completed.
  • After the cremation, any small bones or metal pieces that are left over will be cleared carefully by the person at the crematorium. They will then mill all the fragments in a processor until a fine powder is formed. These are the ashes or cremains that they will hand over to the family.

If you need any more information or need to organize for cremation, please contact the Cremation Society of Washington with your requirement today.