Cremation accelerates the natural decomposition process, accomplishing in a matter of hours what would otherwise take months or years to occur. There are two types of cremation, but both methods reduce the body to its basic elements of bone fragments through the use of intense heat, then pulverization to ash. One (Flame Cremation) uses fire while the other (Flameless Cremation) uses water and an alkali solution.
The process of flame cremation involves the use of very specialized equipment, fueled by either natural gas or propane, and is intended to cremate only one body at a time. When it is in use, the interior temperatures can reach up to 1,900℉. After cremation, the remains are returned to the family in a temporary urn (or a more personal urn selected by the family). The ashes can be kept, buried, or scattered. Many families choose to place a loved one's cremated remains in a more permanent urn; they can choose from a wide variety of simple urns up to hand-crafted pieces of cremation art.
Even if cremation is the chosen method for the disposition of you or your loved one, a traditional service can still be held, with a burial of the urn following cremation (if requested). Most cemeteries now accommodate cremated remains either in-ground or in their crematorium/columbarium. Contact us today at 660-570-6695 for more information, or to talk with a cremation specialist.