Cremation Of The Body: How Does It Work?

Cremation Of The Body: How Does It Work?

Cremation is a funerary technique consisting of burning a dead human body to reduce it to ashes. This practice is acclaimed nowadays by many families for the organization of the funeral of a deceased. How’s it going? How long does cremation take, and how much does it cost? This article tells you more!

What is the cremation of the body?


Cremation is a technique that consists of burning the body of the deceased in a coffin and then collecting the ashes to put them in an urn. The purpose is actually the same as during the burial because the body is also reduced to ashes after a few years when it is placed in a cemetery. Cremation is just faster than burial in a cemetery. This operation can be carried out by professional funeral directors.

It should be noted that this technique takes place in a specific establishment called the crematorium within 6 days of death (with some exceptions). It is also called cremation and is not done by means of flames but by means of an oven heated to almost 900°C.

Furthermore, incineration lasts, on average, 1h30 to 2h. This time can notably increase depending on the corpulence of the body and the coffin chosen. The ballot box can be delivered a few hours later, the next day, or by appointment.

How is the cremation carried out?

Cremation can take place at any crematorium. This is most often the one closest to the deceased’s home or place of death. The procedure involves placing the coffin of the deceased in an oven heated to nearly 900 degrees. The heat will cause the combustion of the coffin and then of the body. The tissues are completely burned. It is, therefore, the bones that will be reduced to ashes. Then let the ashes cool.

In particular, you have two options for the cremation of the body. These are cremation in the presence of the family and cremation without the presence of the family. In the latter case, the incineration takes place in the evening. The body is deposited at the crematorium in the evening so the ballot boxes can be returned the next day.

If the family is present, a farewell ceremony, religious or not, is planned at the crematorium on the day of the cremation. A time and a date are therefore fixed. Family and friends can leave once this meditation is over. The body is then cremated.

He points out that the ashes are collected in the urn with a plaque indicating the identity of the deceased and the name of the crematorium. To recover them, it is necessary to declare the destination of the funeral ashes as the crematorium. The latter may keep the ballot box for a period of one year in case of doubt.

What is the cost of cremation?

The price of cremation varies according to the crematoriums since there is a cremation tax of around $500 and which can go up to $1,000. Cremation, therefore, seems cheaper than burial. However, depending on the destination of the funeral ashes and especially in the event of burial of the funeral urn, the funeral costs with the costs for the personnel can increase significantly.

To this are added the costs related to the installation of a funerary monument, engraving, etc. In addition, the coffin can also vary the cost of the funeral. But the cremation coffin will always be cheaper than the burial coffin. The overall cost is, therefore, between $2,500 and $3,500.

Final Thoughts


The choice of incineration is not trivial. Many are the reasons which explain, in particular, the exponential increase in the use of cremation. Indeed, by 2030 it is estimated that this choice will represent more than 50% of funerals. Sound off in the comments section below, and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about funerals.

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