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How does the cremation process work

There are mysteries surrounding death that we may never understand, but demystifying some facets of death lessens the anxiety around them. One common question we are asked is, how does the cremation process work? Because some people don’t fully understand the cremation process, there is some fear and hesitation . 

Choosing between cremation and burial can be difficult, but you can make a more educated decision by gaining an understanding of the cremation process. The cremation process is outlined below, but you can also review the 10-Step Peace of Mind Cremation Process that we follow for every cremation at the Cremation Society of New Hampshire.

Choosing a cremation provider

It’s important to choose a provider of cremation services to fulfill your needs and the wishes of the deceased before investigating details of the cremation process . One provider may be a better fit than another, and you won’t know until you do some research.

You may want to ask others in your community for recommendations and experiences with local providers. Simply choosing a provider based on their website or other online presence, without confirming their reputation, may lead to unanticipated issues down the line.

Know your cremation options

Choosing cremation doesn’t  mean that you can’t incorporate some of the more traditional and/or personalized services often associated with a funeral. Many funeral home homes and crematoriums today are willing and able to provide customized services to meet your needs and wishes, including the utilization of an officiant to perform services. 

Gatherings or viewings may also still be held for family and friends before the cremation is performed, if that is your wish. In fact, incorporating such services prior to the cremation is increasingly popular. Some of the personalization options available are listed in our cremation packages. 

Preparation

A number of different processes need to be handled before an actual cremation can take place. First, any ceremonies, viewings or other rites must be performed in full. Equally important is that the necessary forms and authorizations are completed. CSNH guides families through this process.

Next, items not intended for cremation (such as jewelry) are removed from the body and set aside. While some family members may request embalming of the body prior to cremation, this is not a necessary step in the process and is typically reserved for situations where a public viewing will take place.

The body is loaded into a cremation casket, which is usually constructed of either wood or a combination of plywood/cardboard for proper burning capabilities.

Cremation

The process begins with the container being placed in the end of the cremation chamber, officially called the retort, which is lined with fire-resistant bricks. Once the body has entered the chamber, it is closed either mechanically or by hand. The machine enters a warm-up cycle, which leads to the main ignitor lighting and beginning the process of cremation. 

The body is incinerated and reduced to bone fragments over the course of approximately one to two hours, with temperatures often reaching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Processing

Processing is the final step of cremation, which begins following a 30-minute cool-down period after incineration is complete. The cremated remains are removed from the chamber and placed on a work table, where the crematory operator will remove metal debris such as surgical pins, screws, nails etc. The bone fragments are then placed in a processing container with motorized blades that pulverize them into a fine powder, commonly referred to as cremated remains. Finally, the remains are placed inside of a container and returned to the family. The family may choose either a nondescript cremation container or a decorative urn or keepsake.

The cremation process is completely straightforward with nothing to fear. By understanding cremation entirely, you can feel more comfortable about choosing cremation.

This blog post answers the questions:

How does the cremation process work

What is the cremation process

How does the cremation process work

Choosing cremation doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate some of the more traditional and/or personalized services often associated with a funeral. Many funeral home homes and crematoriums today are willing and able to provide customized services to meet your needs and wishes, including the utilization of an officiant to perform services.

Gatherings or viewings may also still be held for family and friends before the cremation is performed.

What is the cremation process

The process begins with the container being placed in the end of the cremation chamber, officially called the retort, which is lined with fire-resistant bricks. Once the body has entered the chamber, it is closed either mechanically or by hand. The machine enters a warm-up cycle, which leads to the main ignitor lighting and beginning the process of cremation.

The body is incinerated and reduced to bone fragments over the course of approximately one to two hours, with temperatures often reaching 2,000 degrees fahrenheit.

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