Understanding the Cremation Process Cremation can be a difficult decision without an understanding of the process. This simple guide will explain the basics of the cremation process, what to expect, and what to do with the cremated remains. Choosing Cremation The first step is to contact a funeral home. They will handle transportation of the body, planning the optional service, the actual cremation, and other details and paperwork. You can also opt to work directly with a crematorium, whose services may include storage of the body, the actual cremation, and a container for the ashes. Families often choose to select a memorial cremation urn from a retailer like GetUrns instead of using one provided by the facility. The Cremation Process During cremation, the casket or other container holding the deceased is placed in the cremation chamber. The temperature is then raised to around 1800° Fahrenheit for approximately 2-2 ½ hours, allowing all organic matter to be consumed either by heat or evaporation. The remains, sometimes referred to as cremains, are generally bone fragments that are processed into fine particles. These are then placed into a temporary container or a memorial urn the family has chosen. Memorial Service If you plan to have a memorial viewing before the cremation, the body will be embalmed, and a casket will be needed for viewing. If the memorial service comes after the cremation, there is no need to embalm the body or secure a casket for cremation. A funeral home will help you sort out these details. Picking Up the Ashes In about a week, the ashes are ready to be returned to the family. They are placed in a clear plastic bag, then the bag placed inside a cardboard or plastic container. If the family has not already chosen a memorial urn to transfer the ashes into, this leaves enough time to do so. Choosing an Urn There are several types of memorial urns to choose from, including adult urns and other full-size urns, cremation jewelry, urn bracelets, and even urns for cats or other pets. GetUrns offers only the highest quality cremation urns available in every style, beautifully packaged to reach you in perfect condition. Cremation Jewelry Each piece of cremation jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet, features a hollow space to store cremation ashes. This is a unique way to remember a loved one who has passed away. GetUrns carries an assortment of styles and materials so you can find the perfect cremation jewelry for you. Pet Urns Urns for cats, dogs, and other pets offer a personal connection with beloved pets after their passing. Similar to memorial urns for people, pet urns come in a variety of sizes, materials and designs. During your time of grief, we don't want you to worry about the quality of your chosen urn. Our friendly team will assist you however we can. Whether you have more questions about the cremation process or need help choosing a cremation urn for your loved one, we are here for you.