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What Is Cremation?

Cremation, like burial or entombment, is an option for how the loved one’s body is handled after the funeral. Cremation does not rule out a funeral service.

Cremation is the process of using intense heat, usually direct flame, to reduce remains to bone matter.

The bone matter is then removed from the retort, or cremation chamber, and pulverized, usually by mechanical means, into smaller bone fragments.

Cremated remains may weigh between five and eight pounds. It requires about three hours, in some cases longer, to cremate remains. Although frequently referred to as ashes, cremated remains are actually the residue from the pulverized bone matter.

The cremated remains are usually placed in an urn or appropriate container that is a minimum of 200 cubic inches and made of wood, stone, porcelain, ceramic, metal or other materials. The urn or container may be buried in a family plot or urn garden, placed in a mausoleum niche or retained by the family.

Some families wish to scatter the cremated remains at a location significant to the family or the deceased. There are many restrictions to scattering. Generally you cannot scatter over areas that you do not control, such as public lands and water.

Contact Brust Funeral Home if you have questions regarding cremation.

How is Cremation Done?

Cremation is the process of using intense heat, usually direct flame, to reduce remains to bone matter. Cremation is accomplished at a facility referred to as a crematory which are often located at a cemetery.

Prior to cremation, it is required to have a death certificate, permit for disposition, coroner’s cremation permit and a cremation authorization form executed by the next of kin. In the State of Illinois, it is required that human remains be placed in a container composed of materials suitable for cremation, able to be closed in order to provide a complete covering, resistant to leakage, rigid enough for handling and able to provide protection of crematory personnel.

The human remains are brought to the crematory in the container or casket selected by the family and placed in the cremation chamber, or retort. This gas fueled mechanism is turned on for three hours or longer until sufficiently high temperatures are reached to reduce the body to bone matter. After the retort has cooled, the remaining bone fragments are processed, which may include pulverization. The cremated remains are then either placed in a permanent urn or a temporary container which is returned to the family.

Call Brust Funeral Home if you have questions about cremation.

About Urns

Urns are used to hold the remains of a body that has been cremated. They are made from many materials including bronze, marble, porcelain, ceramic and hardwoods. Urns come in many different styles and sizes. They may be square, rectangular, cylindrical or even a piece of sculpture. Prices vary according to the craftsmanship and materials for each urn.

Urns may be kept at home in remembrance of the person. They may be placed in the family’s cemetery plot or a niche in a cemetery mausoleum. Smaller portion urns are available for families who wish to divide cremated remains among family members.

Families wishing to bury urns may be required by their cemetery to purchase permanent containers or vaults. This outside container will preserve the urn and keep the ground from sinking at the grave site.

The selection of an urn is a very important decision for many families. Your funeral director can show you all the options and help you select an urn that will suit your wishes and needs.

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