Q: What is cremation?
A: Cremation is the process of degrading the human body to its basic chemical compounds which appear as bone fragments, by the application of high heat and flame. It is an alternative to the in-ground burial of a dead body in a casket. Cremation is not a kind of funeral service nor is the final disposition of human remains.
Q: Is a casket required for a cremation to take place?
A: A casket is not required for a cremation to take place. In most states, all that is required is an alternative container which can be constructed of wood or cardboard, and is cremated along with the deceased.
Q: Can a cremation be witnessed by the family?
A: Yes, in most situations, the cremation provider will permit family members to be in attendance when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. Actually, a few religious groups include this as integral part of their funeral practice.
Q: How long does cremation take?