FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to purchase a container or casket for cremation?
All crematoriums will require a suitable container. That being said, you can select from a number of alternate containers which vary from cardboard to pine box or veneer. All of these are more affordable than a traditional casket.
Do I need to purchase an urn?
No. However, you would need to select some type of container for the final disposition of the cremated remains.
What is an ash container?
The cremated remains are placed in a processor where bone fragments are reduced to fine granule consistency before being placed in a sealed container. At this point an identifying label is attached and the remains are kept until instructions are provided by the family.
How is the cremation held?
The practice of cremation has been held throughout human history and is an alternative to earth burial or entombment. Just as with a funeral our professional staff will arrange for the collection of the deceased and the subsequent cremation. This is held in private and is not open to families.
Can we choose to have a traditional viewing with a cremation?
Yes. If you choose to have a public viewing this is referred to as a “traditional cremation” is allows for the flexibility of cremation as a service. You and your family choose the details that suit you best.
Is the body embalmed when we select a cremation?
Unless you select a public viewing (traditional cremation) prior to cremation there is no need to embalm the body.
Why are people choosing cremation?
The benefits for choosing cremation over traditional funeral services are many and can vary from the flexibility of having services at a future time that may be more convenient for the family to environmental issues with concerns to land use and the affordability it provides.
With cremation are the services held before or after cremation?
Services can be held before or after cremation in accordance to the wishes of the family. However, a direct cremation allows for the services to be held after the cremation at a place and time that best suits the family.
What is the cremation process?
Cremators will usually comprise two chambers and a separate cooling tray. The casket is cremated in the first chamber according to Health Department Regulations. Following this initial process the remains are relocated to the second chamber where the ash is removed from the casket itself. The remnants are then placed in a cooling tray where metallic content such as casket nails are removed.
How long does it take to cremate someone?
The time it takes to cremate a deceased person depends on a number of factors from body mass to what type of casket is being used. That being said, the average time for a cremation is approximately 90 minutes. However, when the cooling process is factored in the entire process may take as much as four hours to complete.
What is a cremator made out of?
A cremator is generally made out of heat resistant bricks and is fueled by natural gas.
How is the casket placed in the cremator?
A casket is always placed into the cremator feet first.
Is cremation acceptable to all religions?
Cremation is approved by most Christian denominations and is preferred among Hindus and many Buddhists. It is not acceptable within the Orthodox Judaism, Islam and Eastern Orthodox religions.
What happens to the cremated remains?
With cremation the family has many options in which to dispose of the remains. The remains can be buried in a cemetery, displayed in a home or other location in an urn or they can be scattered at allocation pre-determined by the deceased.
What is aquamation?
Also known as alkaline hydrolysis, aquamation is an environmentally friendly alternative to direct cremation. It uses 90% less energy than direct cremation and consumes no carbon emissions.
Other common terms include water-based cremation, aqua cremation, flameless cremation, dissolution, bio-cremation, and resomation.
Is aquamation new technology?
This technology is the preferred sterilization method in the scientific industries. The first system for human bodies was installed 22 years ago in Florida. MAYO Clinic has used the technology for over a decade as part of their willed body program (bodies donated to medical science).
What is the aquamation process?
The deceased is placed inside a stainless steel vessel, or chamber. The system fills with a solution of 95% water and 5% alkali. This solution is heated, and continuously flows through the system (similar to the slow flow of a stream). This process takes longer than a flame cremation; the length of time depends on the temperature of the process.
Are aquamation remains safe?
The remains after alkaline hydrolysis are sterile, 100% safe to handle immediately after the process and are returned as a nice consistent powder.
Which option provides more remains?
Using aquamation, families tend to receive up to 20% more remains.