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What Exactly Is Cremation?

We’re sure that you basically know what a cremation is right? A human body is burned while the bones and ash are placed in an urn and given to the family. There have been a lot of debates regarding the choice of cremation or burial; a handful of countries encourage cremation since a tradition burial typically takes up land that could have been used for other purposes. Meanwhile, a traditional burial is encouraged due to religious purposes and the fact that cremating a human body has negative effects in our environment.

How is the Cremation Done?

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A body is cremated on something that appears to be a huge oven, the temperature ranges from 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit; temperatures this intense helps break down and reduce the human body to its most basic elements and dried bone. The process is done at a crematory where the cremation chamber is preheated to a certain degree, once the chamber is ready the body will be transferred through the mechanized door so as to avoid any loss in the heat that they built up.

As the incineration takes place, the human body is exposed to the flames produced by a furnace. While the heat dries all the moisture from the body, it also burns away skin and hairs. Not only that but it chars the muscles which causes contractions. All the soft tissues are then vaporized and the bones are calcified until they crumble away. Bodies are typically burned one at a time, there’s no smell due to the processed emissions; the smells would be vaporized alongside the gases.

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There are crematories that use an afterburner to complete burn the body, while other crematories use a rod in order to crush and pulverize the remains that were left after the burning. The end result are just skeletal remains and tiny bone fragments which are collected in a tray and are given a moment to cool down. Keep in mind that the remains may contain some metal objects like the nails and hinges of the container or casket. Not to mention the dental gold, surgical screws, implants and prosthetics in the dead body. The said objects are segregated via a strong magnets or forceps after the manual inspection. All the metals obtained in the remains are disposed of as stated by the law. It’s highly recommended that all accessories and jewelry be removed from the body before cremation.

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