Cremation, like burial or entombment, is an option for how the loved one’s body is handled after the funeral. Cremation does not rule out a funeral service.
Cremation is the process of using intense heat, usually direct flame, to reduce remains to bone matter.
The bone matter is then removed from the retort, or cremation chamber, and pulverized, usually by mechanical means, into smaller bone fragments.
Cremated remains may weigh between five and eight pounds. It requires about three hours, in some cases longer, to cremate remains. Although frequently referred to as ashes, cremated remains are actually the residue from the pulverized bone matter.
The cremated remains are usually placed in an urn or appropriate container that is a minimum of 200 cubic inches and made of wood, stone, porcelain, ceramic, metal or other materials. The urn or container may be buried in a family plot or urn garden, placed in a mausoleum niche or retained by the family.
Some families wish to scatter the cremated remains at a location significant to the family or the deceased. There are many restrictions to scattering. Generally you cannot scatter over areas that you do not control, such as public lands and water.
Contact Brust Funeral Home if you have questions regarding cremation.