What is cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing human or pet remains to tiny particles, through exposure to intense heat or in some cases, liquid chemicals. The process takes around three hours, after which the remains are mechanically or chemically processed into a coarse, sand-like powder.
How do I know if I am truly getting back the remains of my loved one?
All states that offer cremation have strict guidelines in place to ensure mistakes are not made during the cremation process, and remains are not lost or mixed up. While the rules and guidelines may vary from state to state, if this is a concern to your family, be sure to ask your funeral home or cremation provider what steps they take to ensure the remains you receive are that of your loved one.
Is a casket required for cremation?
Most states require the body to be cremated in an approved container. This can vary from a sturdy cardboard container to a full wooden casket, but under the FTC “Funeral Rule”, the funeral home must make you ware of the different approved containers you can choose from. Each funeral home will have their own options based on state law. Usually the basic container is included in the price, but not always. You can often choose to purchase a wooden casket, rent a wood casket which holds the container, or simply use the basic cardboard container.