SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE CREMATION PROCESS
When you’ve lost a loved one and choose to have their remains cremated, you may find that thinking about the details of the process leave you a bit disarmed. But, affordable cremation services can be not only an affordable alternative to embalming and burial, but may be preferred for a variety of reasons.
Although it may be uneasy to think about your loved one’s body being cremated, your anxiety may be allayed by understanding more about the process. Our affordable cremation services adhere to the highest standards of care and compassion for the deceased.
What is Cremation?
The definition of cremation is the reduction of the human body to bone fragments using heat and flames. A cremation ceremony or service is often planned by the surviving friends and family. Cremation of a body typically takes about two to three hours at temperatures of 1500 to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.
What Happens to the Remains?
The brittle bone fragments and metal items that are left after the cremation are swept into a stainless steel cooling pan and any remaining unconsumed items are separated using a strong magnet and a visual inspection. This might include metal from clothing, surgical materials, or bridge work. Any remaining bone fragments are processed to be more of an ash and intermixed with the cremains. The cremains are then placed in a temporary urn.
You can purchase, as part of your affordable cremation services with us or through a third party, a special urn in which to keep your loved one’s ashes. You can easily shop online for both full size urns and smaller keepsake urns that are beautiful or apropos to the life of the departed. Your options may include brass or wooden urns that are engraved, or you can opt for scattering tubes or biodegradable urns. This decision may largely rest on what the family has planned for the remains and the cremation ceremony.
Easing Other Concerns
Some people worry that when they choose affordable cremation services, there may be a chance that remains are mixed up or not handled with the utmost respect. First, there are legal requirements for cremation dictating that only one body may be cremated at a time and that proper care is prescribed. Secondly, our affordable cremation services have the option of a family viewing during the cremation, which is preferred by some families. Our excellent standards of care for your loved one will ensure that certified professionals are handling the cremation and that our process mitigates the potential for any human error.
DIRECT CREMATION SERVICES OF VIRGINIA
4425 Brookfield Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Ph: (703) 584-4927
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