Before Cremation

cremation.urns.pngHere are some important things to note before the cremation takes place. The cremation must take place before you schedule the funeral service ceremony and visitation or wake. You must all be aware of all the authorization forms and permits that need to be completed and signed. You can get these forms from the crematory or funeral director you are working with. 

Let your funeral director or crematory provider know if the deceased has a pacemaker, prosthesis or any other mechanical devices You should also make mention of any implants they may have as well. Also make note to let them know if the deceased was recently treated with any radioactive medication. The devices and implants must be removed prior to cremation. If you do not inform the crematory or funeral director of these devices and/or implants, and it causes any damages to the crematory, you will be held responsible. So be mindful of this before you sign the required forms.

If the deceased has had gold dental work done or has any jewelry on their persons, you must have it removed prior to cremation. You can do this yourself or someone you designate can perform this task. Any jewelry or items such as these not removed will be destroyed by the crematory.

Most crematories require that the body is cremated in a burnable or combustible covered container if you are not going to use a casket. So check to see if you need to house the body inside a container before the cremation process begins.

Decorative handles on caskets or metal caskets could cause damage to the cremation equipment and therefore must be removed. Some crematories, do not allow metal caskets as an approved body container. If you do use it, remnants of the metal shell must be disposed of by the crematory and will not be recovered.

There may be a waiting period of two days before human remains are cremated so check with your state laws. This may vary from state to state.

Not all crematories enable the family members to witness the body being placed in the cremation chamber. So if this is something you’d like to do, check with them to see if you can witness this procedure. If they do allow it, you may need to sign a waiver or an additional form that protects them from any liability.

You will need to provide the cremation provider with an urn or container to house the cremains once the procedure is complete. If you do not provide a container, they will place the cremains in a container made of appropriate material for you. 

Once you receive the cremains you are free to place the cremains in a columbarium or scatter the ashes as desired. Check out our great selection of cremation service service programs. It will be a wonderful addition to your cremation memorial funeral service.

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