The step-by-step process of a direct cremation
Once the deceased has been collected and transported to a mortuary facility, the following 6 steps will take place.
Step 1: Identity checks
First of all, an identity check must take place to ensure the correct body is being prepared for cremation. This is done with the collection of all personal information and the cause of death is approved by medical professionals.
The caretakers then follow strict tagging procedures throughout every step of preparing the body to ensure the right body is cremated and the ashes return to the expecting family.
Even during the cremation itself, a fire-resistant metal tag accompanies to make sure there is zero risk of mistaken identity.
Step 2: Body preparation
Before a body is cremated, the technician removes jewellery or any other items that the family might want to keep.
Medical devices and prosthetics that contain batteries or are mechanical will also be removed to prevent reaction during the cremation.
Step 3: Into the cremation container
All cremations must take place in a rigid, combustible container. Trustworthy cremation service providers will include this in the up-front cost. However, always double check with your provider to avoid any hidden fees.
Step 4: Entering the furnace for cremation
Once the body is prepared and resting in the container, it’s placed inside the pre-heated cremation furnace. Within 3 hours, the contents will naturally break down into ash due to the extreme heat.
During this stage, bodies are never exposed to an open flame, which is a common misconception about the cremation process. It’s purely the heat that causes the body to break down.
Step 5: Collecting and refining the ashes
The ashes are then collected and checked for any impurities, which are removed by hand. They’re then moved to a cremulator for refinement into a powder.
Step 6: Returning the ashes
For the final step, the refined ashes are transferred into a container and returned to the family. This may be using a temporary or permanent urn depending on what you’d like to do with the ashes once returned. Some families opt for a temporary urn to save money, knowing they will be scattered later down the line. While others decide a permanent urn is the best option.