What is the Cremation Process?


The cremation process is used by many across the world and by many religions. (Some don’t allow it including Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, and Eastern Orthodox just to name a few) Geting a body cremating is a big decision and is not something that should be taken lightly. We are here to bring you everything you need to know about the cremation process to help you decide if this the right choice for you or a loved one in the future.


1) Identification

The first and most important step is identifying the deceased. It’s pivotal to know that the correct body is being cremated and the authorized documents should be double-checked for confirmation.


2) Retort

The body will be placed in the chamber where the cremation will begin. You will normally see the casket the body is held in (if it's not metal) or the cremation container placed in the chamber as well


3) Cremation

The body will begin to burn. This process normally takes a few hours but depending on various factors such as height and weight, the time can differentiate.

4) Removal

The remains are removed from the chamber and given to time cool. Anything leftover that did not burn, such as metal or gold teeth, will be removed so that the bone fragments can be properly crushed

5) Transfer

The ashes will we respectfully transferred into a plastic bag where they will then be placed in their temporary or permanent urn along with the metal tag.

6) Notification

The next-of-kin will be notified that the process iscomplete, and the ashes will be taken upon arrival. The process from start tofinish can take anywhere from a few days to about a week.

Cremation Services

It’s important to understand the cremation process before making this your choice for the afterlife. Cremation is nothing like what they make it out in the movies and, by definition, it is, to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, especially as a funeral rite. If you need help with your cremation service, reach out the Hamel Lydon Chapel and Cremation Services!

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