What is cremation? It is a process that uses high heat to burn the remains of a deceased person. More people are choosing cremation as it is cost-effective and efficient. This video explains the cremation process.
When preparing the body for cremation, certain non-biological items such as fillings, plates, and rods are left inside. Pacemakers and silicone implants are removed. The body is placed inside the cremator which is fueled by natural gas or propane. Temperatures reach up to 1900 degrees Fahrenheit. Some crematories allow the family to witness the process.
The cremation takes around 2 ½ hours and what remains are ash and bone fragments. These are removed and run through a magnetic field to remove metal bits. The remaining bone fragments are broken down further in a cremulator. These ashes are grey and resemble sand and are finally transferred into an urn. The family can leave the ashes in the urn, bury them, or place them in jewelry that can be worn daily.
To prevent a mix-up of ashes, crematoriums are regulated and usually attach a metal tag on the body before cremation. If a loved one has chosen cremation, the local crematorium can provide further details.