Cremation is the process of reducing the human remains to bone fragments, traditionally accomplished by means of flame-based intense heat. Cremation involves the processing and pulverizing of the bone fragments, which allows for the placement of the cremated remains in an urn or other container. Cremation is also the preparation of the human remains for final disposition and memorialization. The final disposition may include in-ground burial, above-ground burial in a mausoleum or columbarium niche, scattering of the ashes, or inurnment and return of the urn to the family or next-of-kin.
There are several types of cremation services available which can include:
~ A traditional service with the body present and viewing or visitation and funeral service, followed by cremation.
~ Direct cremation followed by a visitation and/or memorial service, the ashes may or may not be present.
~ Direct cremation followed by a graveside service and subsequent interment.
~ Direct cremation with no services. The urn or appropriate container is customarily returned to the family or next-of-kin.
Memorial or celebration of life services can be held at the funeral home, church, or a variety of other indoor or outdoor locations, and may be either open to the public or private.
CANA Code of Cremation Practice
In the practice of cremation, we believe:
• In dignity and respect in the care of the deceased, in compassion for the living who survive them, and in the memorialization of life;
• That a Cremation Authority should be responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of respect at all times;
• That the greatest care should be taken in the appointment of crematory staff members, any of whom must not, by conduct or demeanor, bring the crematory or cremation into disrepute;
• That cremation should be considered as preparation for memorialization;
• That the dead of our society should be memorialized through a commemorative means suitable to the survivors.