How Long Does the Entire Cremation Process Last?

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Many people are opting to be cremated as opposed to being buried. Cremations are an environmentally friendly, affordable, and effective method for final disposition.

What to Expect During the Cremation Process Timeline

But how long will it be before I get the cremated remains back again? And how long does the cremation take? In this article, we will discuss some of the essential details of the cremation process.

From the time you give us authorization to care for your loved one, the cremated remains will be returned to you in typically 7 – 10 days. The actual time will depend on when we get a medical certificate of death from the doctor or coroner. We cannot proceed with cremation until we receive this document. Once we do, we can register the death, print death certificates, and issue a disposition permit. This permit authorizes us to proceed with cremation.

The Cremation Process Itself

Selecting a Cremation Container

One of the first things that you need to choose is a cremation container or casket in which we can place your loved one’s body (see https://www.onlycremations.ca/casket-options). This is the vessel which holds the body during the two to three hour cremation process.

The Cremation Chamber

The cremation chamber operates between 870 and 1035 C (1600- 1900 F). Soft tissue and any combustible material, such as clothing and the cremation container, are consumed leaving only elemental bone fragments.

Cooling, Processing, and Placement in Urn

Once completed, the cremated remains are left to cool, gathered, processed, and placed into an urn of your choice (see https://www.onlycremations.ca/urn-options).  The contents when removed from the chamber may contain non-combustible items.  Such foreign material will be removed and disposed of in an approved manner prior to processing. The resulting cremated remains will weigh 6 to 9 lbs (2 to 4 kg).

How to Learn More About the Cremation Process

The cremation process is fascinating. It is very natural for most people who have never seen a cremation to have questions about the process. If there is something that we did not answer, please call. We are happy to answer any questions about the process and assist you with any inquiries.

Why Choose Only Cremations?

Only Cremations values compassion, affordability, and respect. Our service covers everything needed for a simple, dignified, and peaceful cremation. Every funeral home offers cremation. However, few have their own local crematorium such that many send their deceased clients to Squamish, Vancouver Island, or the United States for cremation. Always ask where your loved one will be cremated before choosing a funeral provider.

Only Cremations provides dignified and affordable cremation services. We believe every family deserves respect, reverence, and compassion. If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about cremation services, please call (604) 861-9895.


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