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What is Cremation and Its History

Cremation is the process of exposing a human or animal body to extreme heat of about 1800-2000 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours. The cremation process reduces the body components until to its basic elements in the appearance of bone fragments, which is referred as remains or the cremated body. It is often confused that what left after the cremation process are ashes, but they are not actually bone fragments that undergo through chemical process to reduce size. Depending on the size of the body, the remains weigh ranging from three to nine pounds, which is placed in a container such as cremation urn.

Cremation can be an alternative to the traditional funeral rite, which the body of the deceased is placed in a casket. Cremation remains are health risk free and can be retained by relatives in a cremation urn or dispersed in various ways. The remains can also be buried or interred in a cemetery site or garden. Funeral homes often offer cremation service, but not all often this kind of funeral service. To look for a cremation provider in your state or city, you can browse our cremation directory and find your state or city in the list. We listed almost all of the funeral home across United States that offer cremation services.

cre·mate
(Merriam-Webster definition)
cre·mates; cre·mat·ed; cre·mat·ing
[+ obj] : to burn (the body of a person who has died)
  • He wants to be cremated when he dies.
  • — cre·ma·tion /krɪˈmeɪʃən/ noun [noncount]
  • Some religions do not allow cremation.

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