A cremation container is different from an urn. An urn is used to hold the ashes after the cremation process is complete. A cremation container is used to protect and hold the body before cremation and to support the body during transport. Some states have laws regarding the necessity of using cremation containers for all cremations. Your funeral home should be aware of these regulations.
When it comes to cremation, you have many options for the funeral. You can have the body cremated before the funeral and include a ceremony where the ashes are sprinkled in an area that may have been specified by the deceased.
Most containers are made from corrugated-cardboard held together with zip ties and nylon straps instead of glue. They can lay flat during shipping and be assembled by the buyer or the funeral home. Some containers are made to resemble a traditional casket albeit a simple one.
When it comes to cremation, you have many options for the funeral. You can have the body cremated before the funeral and include a ceremony where the ashes are sprinkled in an area that may have been specified by the deceased. Some prefer to have their ashes spread at sea while others prefer to have theirs placed in a family vault. Those decisions are usually spelled out in the person’s will. If they aren’t then the family can decide the most appropriate way to honor their memory. You could also wait until after the viewing to have the body cremated. If you don’t want to buy a coffin many funeral homes have them available to rent.
The cremation container is placed inside the coffin for the viewing and then removed before cremation. In this way, you could purchase one coffin and use it multiple times. With cremation there are many more options than with a traditional burial. You can have the remains cremated and hold off on the funeral. The ashes are non-toxic and will wait until you are ready to plan and host a funeral service with loved ones. Many times it is hard to get the family together because they are spread across the world. Giving everyone time to assemble is a nice option made possible by cremation.
Though the body will not be preserved for a funeral, there are some preparations that will take place before they are cremated. All jewelry and personal effects are removed and returned to the family. If your loved one had a pacemaker or spinal cord stimulator,it will need to be removed before the body can be cremated. Those devices can explode inside the retort and could cause harm to the operator. As the temperature in the retort can reach 760 to 1150 degrees Celsius the power sources inside these devices become small bombs. You may be asked if your loved one had any such devices in their person.
Individual cremation containers are necessary to the cremation process. It’s illegal to cremate two people at one time unless the two people are stillborn twins or a stillborn child and the mother. After cremation, the funeral home will deliver the ashes in the memorial container of your choice. You can select a tradition urn from their catalog or bring in your own container. Some people like to choose something that represents the person’s personality while others prefer something that will look nice in their home.
- Cremation Containers: AFSB