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Cremation Processes

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Cremation may involve hosting a traditional funeral service, hosting a memorial service, or omitting a service altogether. If you are contemplating cremation for a family member, learn how cremation timeframes and costs could fluctuate.

A Donation

If someone decides to donate their body to science, they will not be required to pay any fees. First, the body will be picked up from the location where the deceased is located. Next, the body will be used for various research purposes. Any remains, upon the completion of the medical research, will be cremated. A family member will receive the cremated remains.

A Direct Cremation

Upon dying, a cremation process can be conducted immediately. If a service will not be held, this type of cremation will be the most inexpensive. A crematory will receive the body and will conduct the cremation. The person who arranges the direct cremation may be a surviving family member of the decedent. This person will be provided with the cremated remains.

A Traditional Funeral Service

If a traditional funeral service and cremation process are being sought, the embalming process will take place first. The body will be laid out in a casket and a viewing will take place like it normally would. This will allow survivors to pay their respects to their loved one.

After the funeral service, a crematory transport person will pick up the body and bring it back to the crematory. The cremation process will then take place. A survivor will receive the cremated remains at a prescheduled time. The cost of the cremation and service will be higher than the cost associated with a direct cremation.

A Memorial

If the cremation process will be conducted before a memorial service, the person who will be orchestrating the service will need to decide if a cremation urn will be displayed during the service. A beautiful urn that contains an inscription can be used to hold the ashes of the decedent. The urn can be set up within the room where the memorial service will take place.

If a decision is made to forego displaying an urn, a loved one will still be honored. First, the crematory will conduct the cremation process. Next, they will return the ashes of the decedent to a surviving family member. Then, the person who will be preparing the memorial can make the memorial plans. They may choose to display photos of the decedent, in lieu of displaying an urn. The cost of hosting a memorial will likely be much less than the cost of a traditional service.

For more info, look for available crematories.