The history of cremation goes back for centuries. For example many ancient civilizations used funeral pyres to cremate the remains of a departed loved one. A funeral pyre is a wood structure that is set on fire, once the combustion has started the deceased person is placed on top or inside of the flaming structure. Fun fact, in many ancient cultures on the day of cremation procedure if the husband dies before his wife the widow must be so overcome with grief she must Jump on top of the funeral pyre.
In todays modern culture things I will now explain how cremation is done. First you must choose a local funeral home or cremation service, prices will wildly vary between these businesses. Caveat emptor when choosing a cremation service, you may not need the most expensive cremation service, but be careful when choosing the least expensive cremation provider. Secondly you need to contact your cremation service or funeral home. Next make an appointment to make cremation arrangements. Many funeral homes and cremation services are now offering online arrangements. The funeral home or cremation service will pick up your loved one from the place of passing. The cremation provider will then get in touch with the local coroner, medical examiner, or physician to sign the proper paperwork so the cremation can be completed. Cremation regulations vary from state to state even city to city in some states. If someone pre-plans cremation it can make the arranging the cremation a little easier.
The cremation process is simple once all documentation is completed. The first step is the person is placed in the cremation retort, this is an oven that heats up to approximately 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, at the before mentioned temperature after a few hours all skin and muscle tissues are burned away. The time of cremation can vary depending on the size the larger the person the the longer the cremation process will take. After the cremation is complete what remains is the skeletal remains and some metal implants. The metal is then seperated if necessary, and the cremated remains are then processed into fine substance known as cremated remains or as many refer to as cremated ash. After the above steps the cremated remains can be placed in a cremation urn or a Cremation plaque keepsake urn and retuned to the family some familes keep the cremains or have them buried or put in a cremation niche.
If you are in the Greater St. Louis area or the Southern Illinois Metro-East area here at Bi-State Cremation we can help you at your time of need with an affordable cremation service or a pre planned cremation service for you or a loved one. Don’t hesitate to call us 314-831-8868 or email us.