For those people who have opted to give their loved one a cremation, it can be important to know about the process. Knowing how the cremation takes place can remove any anxieties that the family may have and this is important. If you have chose to a Greenbush funeral home for your loved one’s funerary services, here are some things to know about the cremation process.
The first thing that the cremation provider will do is ensure that the person is correctly identified. This is something that is crucial to ensure that everyone gets the cremated remains that are their loved one’s and not someone else’s. There is a lot of paperwork to help with this process and you will have to provide the funeral home with the death certificate as well as other identification. These things vary by state, so be sure to ask what documents you need to provide.
The next thing that will happen is the preparation of the body for the actual cremation. This step usually involves removing any medical devices and any jewelry, which can be returned to the family if they want it. There will be no embalming unless you have specifically requested it, which is something to consider if you want to have a viewing before the cremation.
Next, the body is placed in the container in which it will be cremated. This container needs to be sturdy but also combustible. Usually, people opt for wood. It can be a casket or a simple wooden container. The body and container are then placed in the cremation chamber. The process takes about two hours and because modern cremation chambers are made to reduce environmental damage, you do not have to worry about the impact of the service on the planet.
After the actual cremation is finished, any pieces of metal that were left behind will be removed and usually sent to be recycled and the bone fragments will be crushed to be made into the cremated remains. The remains are then put in a plastic bag and into whatever urn or container you have chosen. If you do not have one, providers will give you the remains in a carboard box for transport.
These are the steps to a cremation process in Greenbush. It is not a difficult process to plan out and it can actually be a good idea to be there throughout the entire process so that you can get the closure you want. Be sure to gather all of the paperwork and identification that the funeral home asks for so that you can do not run into any problems as you make arrangements. You can get started making these arrangements right now by contacting a Greenbush funeral home like us at McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc. We are here to help you through the entire process of laying your loved one to rest. You can give us a call right now or you can stop by our location for more information.