What is Cremation?

Answer: Cremation is the process of subjecting dead human remains to direct flame and reducing them to a powder-like substance that can be buried or scattered.  A crematorium reaches temperatures of around 1600° C.  This process takes roughly 6 hours, depending on several factors.  All that remains after the cremation is bone fragments and ash that is reduced to a finer powder to be placed in an urn and returned to the family or scattered.  A stamped medallion is often placed with a body to ensure proper identification, along with many other systems in place to ensure the identification of the cremated remains is never in question.  The cremated remains are entirely sterile and completely safe to handle.  Because cremation is irreversible, unlike burials, more paperwork is required, including permission from a Medical Examiner, before a crematorium may proceed with any cremation.