Cremation is a process by which the body is reduced to its basic elements, bone fragments. It is a misconception that they are ashes. They are actually properly called cremated remains.
The extreme heat of the retort also means that not a lot of the cremation container (regardless of the material) will remain to mingle with your loved one’s cremated remains, but there will be some as there is no way to eliminate all of the container ashes.
Cremation is not a final disposition process. It is another step in the memorialization process. After cremation takes place, families must make a choice for the final disposition of cremated remains.
Final disposition options include placing the cremated remains in a decorative urn to be displayed in the home or in a niche or columbarium, burying the cremated remains in the family’s preferred cemetery, or scattering the cremated remains.
Services before or following cremation are many and varied. You can have a traditional service or a unique event that exemplifies the life of your loved one.