The Most Common Cremation Questions Loved Ones Ask
Questions you should ask when Considering Cremation
It is important to plan for your future and while it might seem a bit morbid, this includes considerations for when you pass away. If you’re debating whether traditional burial, green burial or cremation is the best option, you probably have a lot of questions. AG Peters & Son, Inc. is here to answer all of your weird, yet very common cremation questions.
15 Frequently Asked Cremation Questions
How does the cremation process work?
The body is placed inside a cremation casket comprised of heavy-duty corrugated cardboard while the cremation chamber is turned on to reach temperatures between 1400 – 1800 degrees. Once achieved, the body is positioned inside the retort and the door is closed. During the process the tissues and organs begin to breakdown and we’re left with bone material. The crematory operator collects the ashes and bones and pulverizes them into a fine powder, which is put into a temporary urn and given to the family.
How common is cremation?
Although we are not exactly sure why, cremation is becoming the most common choice among Americans. According to a survey by Choice Mutual, in 2020 44% of people polled opted for cremation.
Are you 100% sure the ashes I receive are my loved one?
There are dozens of safety standards and protocols the crematorium must follow to make sure that each body prior to and after cremation is 100% correct. You can rest assure that the ashes you receive are definitely those of your loved one.
Can I buy my own cremation urn?
While you will be provided with a temporary one, you are more than welcome to provide your own cremation urn for the crematorium to place the ashes of your loved one.
Do I have to hold a funeral service?
It is not mandatory to have a traditional funeral service before the cremation takes place. In fact, many people opt to hold a cremation memorial service which gives families more options and flexibilities.
Will my loved one be cremated with someone else?
As per state and federal law only one body is cremated at a time.
Does the body feel anything during cremation?
Since the person is deceased and there are no nerve impulses the body does not feel anything.
Are the organs removed?
All of the organs are cremated with the body.
Is the body drained before cremation?
Whether the body is embalmed or non-embalmed, fluids are not drained from the body.
Does everything burn during the process?
The entire body includes bones, teeth, organs and clothing will burn during cremation. Artificial joints, titanium replacements or stainless steel screws will not burn; they are separated from the ashes & discarded.
Is there DNA left over?
Since the bones and teeth are ground down into a fine power it is nearly impossible to pull any viable DNA for analysis.
Are you cremated with clothes on?
If you’ve chosen a direct cremation you will be cremated in the clothes you passed away wearing. If your family went with a traditional viewing with cremation afterwards, you will be cremated in the funeral clothes.
What is the cheapest option for cremation?
If you donate your body to science there is no cost for cremation. Otherwise, direct cremation is the least expensive option.
Can our family watch the cremation?
You can watch as the body is placed inside the cremation chamber. However you won’t be allowed to stay for the entire process as it takes several hours.
What is a better option, cremation or traditional burial?
Since it is a very personal choice, we cannot comment as to which is “better” for yourself or your family. When making your decision you should consider religious beliefs, budget and the future plans of your loved ones.