With cremations as part of Cleveland, OH cremation services becoming a more common and popular choice among Americans, it’s important to understand what’s involved in the cremation process and what options are available with cremations.
Many people believe that when their loved one is cremated, the only service they can have to commemorate their loved one is a memorial service after the cremation. However, more often, people are choosing to have a visitation or viewing and funeral service before their loved one is cremated.
As is common with traditional burials, the deceased may be present during the visitation and the funeral service. The visitation is held a couple of hours before the funeral service, and offers an opportunity for mourners to pay their respects to the deceased and offer their sympathy to the family of the deceased.
The visitation is followed by a funeral service, which traditionally consists of favorite readings of the deceased, eulogies, spiritual comfort, and music. After the funeral service, the deceased is transported to the crematory and the cremation take places.
Cremation as a funeral disposition method has been around for thousands of years. In ancient Greece and Rome, it was very common for armies that were fighting in distant lands to cremated their fallen soldiers, and take their cremated remains back home after wars were over to be buried in their native lands.
Cremation fell out of favor during the reign of Emperor Constantine of Rome, and burial in the ground became common for people who had died. Only during outbreaks of worldwide, highly-contagious plagues was cremation, which ensured that the deadly diseases didn’t spread, more commonly used as a method of final disposition.
In the late 1800’s, during the reign of Queen Victoria in England, the practice of cremation was more generally revived by the queen’s personal physician, who promoted cremation as a sanitary measure – as graveyards became overcrowded and there were no general standards for how people were buried – and as a way to conserve land.
The practice of cremation, however, didn’t really gain traction among the general population until about the end of the 20th century. Much of this popularity is attributable to three factors: increased environmental awareness; decreased cemetery space in urban areas; and, more population mobility.
The process of cremation is one that has become standardized in the United States. To begin the process, the family of the deceased must sign a cremation authorization form and the funeral home must obtain a cremation permit. Cremations in the United States generally have a 24-48 hour waiting period before they take place.
When the deceased is at the crematory, they are first identified by a family member or a current picture. The deceased is tagged with a non-combustible identifying tag that will follow them through the entire cremation process.
After the deceased gets their identifying tag, they are placed in a fully-combustible container and put into the crematory. The actual cremation takes only two or three hours on average. When the cremation is finished, all that is left is bone fragments.
There may be small pieces of metal, such as metal fillings or joint screws and pins, mixed among the bone fragments. After the cremation remains have cooled, the metal is removed, and the bone fragments are ground down to the consistency of fine sand.
These remains are put into a sealed plastic bag that is placed into a cremation container, which is returned to the family to do with as they and the deceased desired.
For more information about cremation and Cleveland, OH cremation services, our compassionate and experienced team at E. F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home is here to help. You can visit our funeral home at 2165 E. 89th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106, or you can call us today at (216) 791-0770.