What is cremation?
Cremation, like burial or entombment, is a method of final disposition for how the body is handled after a death. With burial, the remains are placed in a casket and buried underground at a cemetery. If a body is entombed, the casket containing the remains is placed in a mausoleum above ground at a cemetery. Cremation is a process that reduces a human body to ashes. This process is done at a facility called a crematory. The body is typically brought to the crematory in a container and placed inside a device called a retort. When the retort is turned on, the extreme temperature inside of the unit eventually reduces the body to ashes, or cremated remains. Once the cremation process is complete, the ashes are removed from the retort and then placed into a container and returned to the family. Often, the family chooses to place the cremated remains into an urn as a memorial. If the ashes are scattered, the family may keep the urn in remembrance of their loved one. With cremation, it is still possible to have alternative services such as a visitation, a funeral, or a memorial. Any of these options allow the family and friends to remember and acknowledge the life of the deceased.
It is important to recognize that your choices are not limited should you choose cremation as a method of final disposition. For more information, you can contact us directly or visit our Cremation Options. With any of these options, the cremated remains may be buried, scattered at a special area or placed in a memorial urn for return to the family. Any of our licensed directors can help you explore these choices and decide which option may best suit your individual needs.