Understanding the Cremation Process

By: Tom Gallagher
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Cremation has become a popular way to dispose of a deceased individual’s remains. It is a more affordable and straightforward process, which makes it an appealing option for many families. At Gallagher Funeral Home, we’re always willing to explain the entire process in detail so you can decide whether it is the best option for your loved one. Here’s a look at how it works:

1. Transport and Permits

The first step is to transport the body from the hospital or home to the funeral home. The staff will then confirm the identity of the deceased file paperwork with the local authorities. A certified medical examiner first examines the body to ensure there are no legal issues before the local body provides a permit for the cremation.

2. Preparing the Body

The staff at the funeral home will prepare the body. They will clean it, dress it, and place it inside an appropriate container. The staff can embalm the body to preserve it if there’s a delay in the funeral service.

3. Viewing and Funeral Service

Family and friends of the deceased can view the body and hold a memorial service before the cremation. Most funeral homes will assist and help you connect with priests or celebrants, transport companies, flower shops, etc.

4. Cremation

Once the funeral service is complete, the body is transported to the cremation center. It is placed inside a sturdy cardboard box and then inside the retort or cremation chamber. The cremation takes around 3 hours and the remains are processed in around an hour or two. The process reduces the body to a few fragments of bone and teeth. If the body had any metal screws, plates, magnets, etc, they are removed and recycled. The rest of the remains are ground and placed inside an urn. The urn is handed over to the family.

If you need help on funeral-related matters or want to know more about our services here at Gallagher Funeral Home, contact us or give us a call at 318-640-1375 today.

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