Cremation is the process that reduces dead human remains to 3-7 pounds of organic and inorganic compounds and it accomplishes this by exposing the body to intense heat and flame for a 1.5 - 2 hour duration, at temperatures of approximately 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. After the cremation, the cremated remains are mechanically processed until they have the consistency of very course sand or gravel.
A direct cremation is just that...a direct cremation. There are no services with the body present prior to the cremation, the body is not prepared in any way, and an alternative container is used instead of a casket.
No. If a cremation provider offers direct cremation, the cremation provider is obligated to offer an alternative container to the families they serve. Alternative containers can be constructed of cardboard, plywood, composite wood materials, or pouches made of plastic or cardboard. All alternative containers must be the construction requirements of the crematory.
No, embalming is not required for direct cremation.
The cost of a direct cremation covers the cost of a standard urn however you can select other options on this website.
FedEx, UPS and DHL will not knowingly transport human cremated remains because they're uninsurable. These carriers will deliver an empty urn but not an urn containing cremated remains. Only the post office will transport cremated remains via their parcel post service.
If the spouse is deceased, then the children would step forward. If all the children are deceased grandchildren may authorize as next of kin. If you have any questions about cremation authorization, call Great Lakes Cremation Of Michigan at the number above.
Speak to a director at Great Lakes Cremation Of Michigan for some options.