Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment or because it was requested by the person who died. Cremation can also be a less expensive option in comparison to a casket funeral. The remains are placed in a container that is combustible and placed in a special furnace called a cremation chamber or a crematory. The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh about 7-8 pounds.
Cremated remains can be buried or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn. There are many new and different ways to keep ashes today: For example, cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to ashes using high heat and flame. Cremation is not always the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service. In New Brunswick, it is required that a 48 hour waiting time is required between the time of a persons passing and cremation.
Is a casket needed for Cremation?
No, a casket is not required but can be used if desired. If a family viewing or visitation is held before the cremation then a regular casket, rental casket or a cremation casket can be purchased. In New Brunswick we are required to use some type of container for cremation which may be constructed of wood or cardboard.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
Embalming is not required prior to cremation unless you are having public viewing.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, most funeral homes and crematories allow immediate family members to briefly view the deceased prior to cremation if desired.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
While laws vary, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. The crematorium that Campbell's Funeral Home uses can only cremate one body at a time, so a family is assured of receiving the correct remains.
How long does the actual cremation take?
It all depends on the weight of the individual. For an average sized adult, cremation can take three to four hours.
What do the cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in colour and weigh between 7 and 8 pounds.
Do I need an urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.