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 Cremation FAQ
What is cremation?
Cremation is a process in which all carbon content is removed from the body by exposing it to extremely high temperatures. The heat consumes all organic matter, leaving behind bone fragments, known as “cremated remains” or “ashes”, which are then processed into fine particles, packaged, and placed in an urn.
Why do people choose cremation?
Cremation is a personal preference for many different reasons, including environmental concerns, religious beliefs, and simplicity. With a more mobile society where families are often spread distances apart, cremation allows the ashes to be divided among family members in keepsake urns and jewellery so their loved one can be with them wherever they are located. Another benefit is the increased flexibility it provides when you make your funeral and cemetery arrangements. You might, for example, choose to have a funeral service before the cremation or a committal service after cremation on a special date or later in spring or summer when the weather may be more suitable for family and friends to gather. A memorial reception can also be held in a funeral centre or, with approval, a place of special interest to you or your loved ones.
Do all religions permit cremation?
Most religions allow you to choose. Canon Law now permits cremation for Roman Catholics; some religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, prefer cremation; while Muslim, Greek Orthodox, and Jewish Orthodox faiths forbid cremation. Should you have any questions or concerns, we suggest you speak with a member of your clergy or faith leader.
What happens during the cremation process?
The cremation process consists of several stages that can take up to 3 hours depending on the size and weight of the deceased and type of casket or container. The casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber, where it is subjected to intense heat,
consuming all substances except bone fragments and any non-combustible materials that were not removed prior to cremation such as orthopedic metals from surgical implants. The cremated remains are carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Following a cooling period, any remaining metal or orthopedic implants are separated from the cremated remains and recycled. The bone fragments are then reduced into fine particles by a mechanical process and placed in a temporary container provided by Mount Pleasant Group or an urn purchased by the family.
How are the remains packaged?
Cremated remains are placed in a poly-film bag and placed in a temporary cardboard container provided by our Cremation Centre or in an urn or container provided or purchased by the family. In the event that the urn or container supplied will not hold all of the cremated remains, an additional cardboard container will be used.
What options exist for urns?
Urns come in a wide range of styles, sizes, materials, and prices. Some commonly chosen options include urns made from wood, bronze, marble, ceramic, glass or biodegradable materials.
Cremation also allows for a variety of keepsake options that can help you feel continually connected to a departed loved one and preserve their memory in a more physical way. For example, a small amount of ashes can be placed within a piece of keepsake jewellery, a small keepsake urn, or even a plush teddy bear.
Can I bring my own urn?
Yes, however it would be advisable that you discuss this situation with our staff prior to the cremation. The size of the urn will be important if it is to house all of the cremated remains. Also, if the urn will be placed in a niche, it is important to ensure the niche dimensions will accommodate the size of urn selected.
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