Cremation is a process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.
It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, cremation takes from two to three hours at normal operating temperature between 1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F
All organic bone fragments, which are very brittle, as well as non-consumed metal items are "swept" into the back of the the cremation chamber and into a stainless steel cooling pan. All non-consumed items, like metal from clothing, hip joints, and bridge work, are separated from the cremated remains. This separation is accomplished through visual inspection as well as using a strong magnet for smaller and minute metallic objects. Items such as dental gold and silver are non-recoverable and are commingled in with the cremated remains. Remaining bone fragments are then processed in a machine to a consistent size and placed into a temporary or permanent urn, selected by the family.
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to eight pounds of cremated remains.
The cremated remains are placed in a basic container. Or they may be placed in the urn of your choice from our large selection of urns available for purchase.
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.
Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered. If scattering, local restrictions may be in effect. If transporting, check applicable state laws.
Cremation regulations vary from state-to-state.
Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.
Yes, our staff will allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. Special scheduling is required and witnessed cremations will take place no later than 10:00am any day Monday through Friday.
In accordance to Washington State law a family can view a deceased family member without embalming. Generally in these circumstances, viewing of the body is a private family arrangement. A deceased body can also be viewed without embalming if religious customs are a factor. A non-embalmed body can be viewed any time up to the date of disposition. Each viewing period cannot exceed 24 hours.
Today most religions allow cremation except for Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, Eastern Orthodox and a few Fundamentalist Christian faiths. The Catholic Church accepts cremation as long as it is not chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teachings.
Generally, most denominations will allow an urn to be brought into the church for services. It is recommended that the family speak with their pastor/clergy to secure permission before any church service is scheduled.
We have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment.
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the remains are to be buried in a cemetery. If an urn is to be buried in a cemetery many families desire to place the urn in a cremation urn vault. If an urn is not purchased through us, or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a cardboard container. What are some cremation options?
1. Direct Cremation
2. Traditional Funeral Service followed by Cremation
3. Cremation followed by Memorial Service
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required is a rigid container constructed of wood or cardboard, which is cremated with the body. If desired, a combustible wood casket can be cremated.
Embalming is only encouraged if the family requests public viewing or private viewing that doesn’t fall under identification viewing or special religious customs that don’t allow for embalming.