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It is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.
It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average adult, cremation takes from two to three hours at normal operating temperature between 1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F.
All organic bone fragments, which are very brittle, as well as non-consumed metal items are “swept” into the front of the cremation chamber and into a stainless steel cooling pan. All non-consumed items, like metal clothing, hip joints, and bridge work, are separated from the cremated remains. This separation is accomplished through visual inspection as well as using a strong magnet for smaller and minute metallic objects. Items such as dental gold and silver are non-recoverable and are commingled in with the cremated remains. Remaining bone fragments are then processed in a machine to a consistent size and placed into a temporary or permanent urn, selected by the family.
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to eight pounds of cremated remains.
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.
There are many options. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, scattered at sea (at least 500 yards from shore) or scattered on private property with permission of the property owner. Our staff will be happy to discuss these options with you and make any arrangements.
Cremation regulations vary from state-to-state, however in Maryland we have very strict policies in place that ensure families the highest level of care has been taken with their loved one. For more information regarding Maryland State laws, please visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/bom/Pages/home.aspx
Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.
Yes, for a nominal fee. Our cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.
We have developed rigorous operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment.
The cremated remains are placed in a basic container at no charge to you. Or they may be placed in the urn of your choice from our selection of urns available for purchase.
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not selected, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.
The recommended size of an adult urn is 200 cubic inches or about the size of a one gallon paint can.
Containers that can be viewed through x-ray machines would best be made of wood, plastic or non-lead lined ceramic so the screener can clearly see what’s inside. Under No circumstances will a screener open the container. Documentation from the funeral home is no longer sufficient to carry an urn or container through security and onto a plane.
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required by state law is a rigid container which is cremated with the body.
Absolutely not and it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.
Yes, for a nominal fee. Immediate family members may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation in a private viewing room. The deceased is washed and prepared for viewing. However, under certain circumstances embalming may be required, such as a public visitation or service.