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 Cremation FAQ
Are there special cremation caskets?
Some restrictions do apply for cremation caskets. Metal caskets or containers cannot be cremated. Neither may cremation caskets nor containers be made of or contain non-flammable or hazardous materials such as: white metal, mattresses, metal box springs, glass objects, chlorinated plastic or fibre- reinforced plastic. Aside from these restrictions, the type of casket or container selected is really a personal decision. Caskets and containers are available in a wide variety of materials ranging from simple containers and cloth-covered caskets to handcrafted oak, maple, cherry, or mahogany caskets.
Is the casket cremated with the body?
Yes. Under no circumstances is the casket or container opened by our Cremation Centre staff. Prior to cremation taking place, metal casket handles and other exterior metal casket fittings will be removed by the Cremation Centre to prevent damage to the equipment and recycled with the permission of the applicant for cremation.
Can personal items be placed inside the casket with the deceased?
Yes, providing these items pose no health and/or safety risk during cremation and are composed of materials that are environmentally safe. Please keep in mind that personal items are not recoverable after the cremation. In many instances, families choose to place jewellery or other small items in the urn with the cremated remains after the cremation is complete.
What happens to jewellery during the cremation?
The extreme temperature attained during the cremation destroys items of jewellery, making them unrecoverable. If you wish to keep any jewellery, we suggest they be removed before the casket or container is transferred to the Cremation Centre.
Can I witness the cremation process?
Absolutely. Witnessing is simply another way to say a final goodbye to a loved one in a comfortable, spacious environment prior to the cremation. In fact, some religions require it as part of their ritual. Our newly designed, state-of-the-art Cremation Centres have been specially designed to accommodate public witnessing in a comfortable environment. You may make arrangements in advance with our staff to witness the casket or container being placed into the cremation chamber. You may even initiate the cremation process itself.
How do I know I will get back the cremated remains of my loved one?
Throughout the cremation process, MPG uses a metal identification tag with a unique numbering system to ensure proper identification. This tag is assigned to the casketed human remains when they are delivered to our Cremation Centre and contains MPG’s name and an identification number that is unique to the deceased. The metal tag accompanies the remains throughout the various stages of cremation and is placed in the cremation urn or container during final packaging.
What do cremated remains look like?
Ashes of an average adult weigh between 4 and 9 pounds (2 and 4 kilograms) and are usually gray in colour, and look like coarse sand once processed.
How soon after the cremation are the remains ready?
Generally, ashes will be released within 48 hours from the date the casket or container is received at our Cremation Centre. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to expedite the process or the cremation may be delayed. Please consult with our staff to make such arrangements. We will release the ashes only to the individual (who will be asked to provide photo identification) or the cemetery or the funeral home as designated on the Cremation Application.

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