Cremation is one of three methods of disposing of one's loved one, besides earthen burial or entombment into a mausoleum. Depending on the decedent or family wishes, a funeral service can precede this form of disposition. If the process is done first, a memorial service can follow at a later date.
The function of cremation is to reduce the human body to their most basic elements by using heat and flame. The final results of this process will be ashes. These ashes are called Cremains.
The final phase of the process deals with the Cremains. They will be returned to the family with the following options for their disposal: purchasing and placing an urn in a columbarium or grave, scattering the Cremains in a designated area or remaining with the family member.
There is no law that states a body has to be embalmed or placed in a casket. It is suggested that embalming and a casket be used should their be public viewing before the cremation. If it is desired that the body be taken directly to the crematory from the place of death, an alternative container will be used to place the body in. Alternative containers are required by crematory officials so they do not have to handle human remains. This direct method will take place after all necessary legal papers are signed by the family and filed with the local registrar.