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An alternative to earth burial, cremation is the second most common type of service selected through funeral homes.
In order for a cremation to take place, the funeral director must obtain the following documents in the state of Pennsylvania : a signed death certificate, a state issued cremation permit, an authorized permit from the county coroner where the death occurred and finally, an authorization from the next of kin. Additionally, the state law does not allow a cremation to take place for a period of 24 hours after the death occurs.
The cremation process begins when the temporary container, typically a carboard box, containing the human remains is placed into the cremation chamber. The temperature is raised to approximately 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately, three hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The residue which is left is bone fragments. These fragments are then removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal remaining, such as joint replacements, pins or plates are removed and disposed of. The cremated remains are then processed mechanically into fine particles called cremains and are placed in an urn purchased by the family, or into another temporary container, once again a cardboard box.
Instead of using a temporary container to transport and hold the body prior to cremation, a specially designed cremation casket, which has little or no metal parts and is made of materials which are easily combustable, may be purchased to add more dignity to the process.
Once the cremation takes place, there are no rules or regulations regarding the disposal of the cremains. However, most families either keep the cremains in their homes in a selected urn, or they inter the cremains in a cemetery of one's choice. Urns are available for purchase through our firm and we offer a variety ranging in size, shape and materials including wood, ceramic, marble and precious metals, just to name a few.
Sometimes people choose to scatter cremains, which is another option and does not require the purchase of an urn. We always recommend that landowners permission is obtained prior to doing this.
Having now a basic understanding of the cremation process, there are several types of services utilizing cremation as the selected services offered by the Stauffer-Breznik Funeral Home.
Once the funeral home is contacted, the funeral director removes the body from the place of death, acquires the necessary documentation required to proceed with the cremation, completes the cremation process and returns the ashes to the family in a temporary container or a selected urn.
Same as the direct cremation, but after the cremation process is completed, a memorial service is held at the funeral home, church, graveside or place of one's choice with the ashes presented in a selected urn. The funeral home staff is in attendance for the service.
The most common type of cremation service, the body is prepared as for a traditional funeral, and placed in either a special cremation casket provided by the funeral home and then a viewing, for the immediate family or the public is held. A Funeral Service follows the viewing, then the body is cremated. Following the cremation process, the cremains are interred in a cemetery of one's choice, or returned to the family.
The preceding descriptions are published to give a general idea of the flexibility with cremation services. Your thoughts and wishes, combined with our expertise in this field can be combined to make the service as appropriate and memorable as you desire.