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The Cremation Process - A Comprehensive Overview

Published: June 26, 2023
by Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel
Cremations in Tacoma, WA

Cremations in Tacoma, WA, are gaining popularity as more people opt for this type of last disposition. While cremation is a straightforward process, many people question how it works. In-depth information about the cremation procedure, including what happens during the process, container choices, and how to organize a cremation service, will be provided in this article.

The Cremation Process: Step-by-Step

The cremation process involves reducing a body to ash and bone fragments using intense heat. Here is a detailed explanation of what occurs during cremation:

Preparation: A casket, a cremation container, or a straightforward cardboard container houses the deceased. The container is labeled with identification information to ensure correct identification throughout the process.

Incineration: A cremation chamber is used to heat the container between 1400 and 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat converts the body and container to ash and bone fragments.

Cooling: After incineration, the ash and bone fragments are left to cool for several hours.

Processing: The cooled ash and bone fragments are processed to ensure that only bone fragments remain. Any metal components, such as dental fillings, are removed from the bone fragments.

Final Processing: The bone fragments are processed into a fine, sand-like consistency and then placed into an urn or other container for the family to take home.

Cremation Container Options

When it comes to cremation container options, there are several choices available. The type of container selected will depend on personal preferences and budget. Cremation containers include:

Cremation Caskets: These are traditional caskets designed to be cremated.

Rental Caskets: These can be rented for the funeral service but are not cremated. The body is then transferred to a simple container for cremation.

Cremation Containers: These are simple containers designed specifically for cremation.

Planning a Cremation Service

Planning a cremation service involves making decisions about how to honor the memory of a loved one. Many families hold a memorial service, either before or after cremation. Memorial services can be stored in a funeral home, place of worship, or other significant locations for the family.

Family members and friends can share recollections and anecdotes about the deceased at a memorial service. The service can also include music, pictures, and videos. For families who prefer a more traditional service, a viewing or visitation can be held before cremation. This gives relatives and friends a chance to say their final goodbyes.

Choosing a cremation service provider is an important decision. Families should opt for a provider who caters to their unique needs and gives individualized attention. Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel is a reputable Tacoma, WA, cremation service provider that offers compassionate and professional service to families during this difficult time.


A quick and easy approach to preserving a loved one's memory is through cremation. Many options are available to families, from selecting a cremation container to planning a memorial service. Families can remember their loved ones meaningfully by working with compassionate and professional cremation service providers like Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel.

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