In case you are organizing cremation or attending as a guest, Cortner Chapel is here to help and take you to step by step through what cremation is to fulfill your curiosity.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is a process that converts the remains of the deceased into ashes using high temperatures. According to the scientific definition, this is the decomposition of the human body into its basic elements. These ashes are actually the remains of the bones. Once the cremation process is complete, the remains of the deceased are returned to the family or a friend. Urns are usually used to store these remains, and the remains can weigh about 3-8 pounds. Cremation is performed in a special machine called a cremator, and the building where the whole process takes place is the crematorium.
What happens at the crematorium?
If you have not had any experience with cremation so far, you may be wondering what to expect, how long the whole process takes, and what guests need to know?
Cremation takes about two hours, and the whole process is automated. Modern furnaces have an automatic regularization of process. The coffin is carried to the crematorium and placed on a raised platform. After family and friends gather, they enter the crematorium and wait for the moment when the process will begin. The coffin in which the deceased is placed must be environmental-friendly, which means there are no wood parts and factory coatings. The temperature in the ovens is over 1000 Fahrenheit.
What else do you need to know?
Cremation as a form of burial is regulated by legal acts and there are numerous things that need to be done before cremating the deceased. A person in the course of their life should declare that this is the way they want to be buried, and upon arrival at the crematorium, the staff will make sure to establish the identity of the deceased and to check all the papers. That’s why Cortner Chapel advises you to prepare for this in advance. The body of the deceased is kept in cold chambers before cremation in order to prevent the body from disintegrating.
Benefits of cremation
Awareness of cremation and its benefits is increasingly prevalent among people. In this way, nature is taken into account, and the land is not destroyed. Also, compared to a funeral, and what it takes (costs), cremation is a much more cost-effective option.