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 Cremation FAQ
How soon after death can cremation take place?
As cremation is an irreversible process and because the process itself will eliminate any ability to determine exact cause of death, Ontario law requires that a coroner or medical examiner authorize each cremation. MPG will complete cremations after the expiry of at least 48 hours from the time of death as set out on the Cremation Application unless otherwise directed in writing by the Executor or next of kin requesting the cremation (“Applicant for Cremation”). All of our cremation centres have secure holding facilities.
Are traditional funeral services and cremation services different?
No, cremation does not limit the types of services you may choose. Cremation is not a substitute for a funeral. It is simply a method of preparing human remains for the final resting place. You may, for example, choose to have a visitation and funeral service with the casket present before the cremation; a memorial service after cremation with or without the urn present; or a graveside service at time of burial. Your choices can be as traditional or as simple as you wish.
What if the deceased had a medical implant such as a pacemaker, defibrillator or radioactive device?
It is essential that pacemakers, defibrillators, and other medical implants (including radioactive implants) be removed before the deceased is transported to the Cremation Centre. Such devices may explode when subjected to high temperatures, which can be hazardous to our staff and equipment. In addition, any special mementos, such as jewellery, will be destroyed during the cremation process. Anything you wish to keep should be removed by the funeral director before the casket or container is transferred to our Cremation Centre.
MPG will not under any circumstances cremate an individual who has received microscopic radioactive treatment such as Thera-Seed.
Are cremations done individually?
Yes. Only one body and casket/container is cremated at a time.
Is the body exposed to an open flame during the cremation process?
Yes, once the casket/container is consumed, the body is exposed to direct heat and flame. Cremation is performed by placing the deceased in a casket or other container and then placing the casket or container into a cremation chamber or retort, where they are subjected to intense heat and flame.
Is embalming necessary for cremation (or casket burial)?
No. In most cases, embalming is your choice. It may depend on such factors as time, health, religious beliefs, whether or not there will be a viewing of the body, whether there is to be a funeral service, or whether there is a temperature-controlled area available. Embalming may also be necessary if the body is going to be transported by air or rail, or because of the length of time prior to the cremation.
Is a casket required?
Ontario law requires a closed casket or rigid container made of wood or other combustible material to allow for the dignified handling of human remains. The type of casket or container is really a personal decision. Consideration of funeral details such as whether there may be a service prior to cremation or a memorial celebration afterwards may help in deciding casket preference.
Can a casket be rented instead of purchased?
Yes. A ceremonial (or rental) casket has a removable interior wooden liner in which the body is placed and is specifically designed to provide a very aesthetically pleasing, affordable and environmentally prudent alternative to purchasing a casket for a visitation or service. The rental portion of the casket is removed and the inner casket liner containing the body is closed and then transferred to the Cremation Centre.

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