Whether you are planning the funeral of a close one or you are planning for the future, it’s important to decide first, will it be a cremation or burial. But do you know about the specifics? How does the process of cremation work? Will it be right for you or your loved one?
Discuss the matter with reputed Singapore bereavement services, and you will get a clear picture of the proceedings.
What is cremation?
Before getting into further discussions, you need to know the process. Cremation is a particular method of the final disposition of the human body. The procedure is highly popular worldwide owing to its cost-effectivity over a traditional burial process.
During cremation, the deceased one’s body transforms into ashes after it undergoes heat or liquid-based treatment.
This blog will guide you through the basic steps of the cremation process.
Step #1: Identification of the deceased one
Every state has individual regulations for identification. Each facility associated with funeral services will define the specific procedures depending on the recommendations from the industry.
- But the standard identification process always involves one of the family members who have to confirm the identity.
- On confirmation, the authority will place a metal ID on the body.
- This tag will remain on the body throughout the cremation process.
The tag will be there with the remains for the final verification.
Step #2: Procedure authorization
The crematory cannot proceed with the process of cremation without official permission. In the standard process, the person or persons responsible for the final arrangements is/are the one(s) to complete the paperwork.
Completion of the paperwork will provide the official authorization to proceed with the process of cremation. The service providers of the Buddhist funeral package will tell you that different states have individual rules regarding the person who has the legal rights to make all these decisions.
In the paperwork, you need to provide information regarding the type of container that the crematory should use. You also need to mention who will collect the remains from the crematorium.
Step #3: Preparation of the body
The Singapore bereavement services will handle the preparation of the body in their own ways. The standard process involves
- Cleaning and dressing the deceased
- You don’t need to embalm the body for the typical cremations unless there are beneficiaries who request the embalmment for public viewing of the body. There can be other personal reasons too.
- Take off the jewelry or other precious items to keep them as memories. Only the things that you request to keep on the body will stay.
- Removal of prosthetics and other medical devices from the body is necessary to avoid unnecessary reactions.
Finally, the funeral services will arrange for putting the body in a vessel. It will be a combustible vessel.
Step #4: Move into the chamber
The cremation will take place inside a specifically designed furnace. It is called a cremation chamber. The body gets exposed to extreme temperatures around 1800 degrees Fahrenheit that will leave behind ashes.
There will be a cooling period following for handling the remains.
Step #5: Finalization of remains
The authority will check the remains for the presence of any metal remnants after cremation. They use hands or strong magnets to remove metallic remnants. Then the cremated remains convert into ashes through a grinding processor.
Step #6: Ash transfer
The authority will then put the remains in the urn or any other container for returning to the family.
You can request the Buddhist funeral package that will provide you with complete guidance through the process. It will include your special specifications too if any.