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Question: How do you cremate the bodies?
Submitted by: St. Dominic School – 7th Grade
Well, to start, I want to explain that cremation is a process and not a “rite” or “service”. Cremation is a process for preparing a body for its final disposition. (I will explain final disposition below.)
Cremation happens using intense heat and evaporation. The body is reduced to small skeletal fragments by the application of intense heat. The body is placed in a casket or a cremation container before we take it to the crematory. These small skeletal fragments are reduced to a powder which many people refer to as “ashes” or “cremated remains”.
The cremated remains can be placed in an urn and be kept by the family, scattered (where permitted by law), buried in the earth or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium above the ground. Whichever choice is made, this is the final disposition.
Thanks for your question.