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How much do ashes weigh after cremation?

On average, the cremated remains, or ashes, of an adult weigh between 4 pounds (1.8 kg) and 6 pounds (2.7 kg).

Are all cremated remains of the deceased returned to the family or guardian?

Yes. After the cremation is completed and the cremation chamber has cooled down, all the cremated remains are gathered from the chamber and processed into a uniform granular consistency. The crematory or funeral home then returns the ashes to the family or designated representative in either a temporary container or permanent urn.

Can I take the cremated remains of my loved one home?

Yes. You are not required to bury cremated remains or inter them in a columbarium. If you choose to take the ashes home, you will receive the ashes in either a temporary container or a permanent urn, depending on your instructions.

What state has the highest cremation rate?

In 2017, Washington state had the highest cremation rate, at 76.4%.

What state has the lowest cremation rate?

In 2017, Mississippi had the lowest cremation rate, at 20.9%.

Do laws regarding cremation vary from one state to another?

Yes. Every state has different laws regarding the cremation of human bodies. Find information about cremation for every state.

Is DNA still retrievable from cremated ashes?

No. Cremation is an irreversible process. It reduces the body down to its basic elements, destroying all organic matter so all that remains is inorganic mineral elements and bone fragments. DNA starts to degrade at about 800 degrees F. The heat in a cremation chamber may range from 1,400 to 1,800 degrees F. Any DNA is thus destroyed by the cremation process.

With burial, you can exhume a body and still extract identifying information, even though natural decay processes are present. With cremation, you cannot extract any identifying information from the cremated remains of a person, nor can you distinguish between the cremated remains of one person from another.

Can you exhume an embalmed body and have it cremated?

Depending on the situation and the laws of your state, it may be possible to exhume a body under certain circumstances and have it cremated. Cremation is recommended if the purpose for exhuming the body is to transport the remains. Due to the natural processes of decay, transporting an exhumed body is more expensive and challenging than transporting the cremated remains of the body once exhumed.

Where can I get more information on cremation?

In addition to, the following websites and organizations provide resources and information about cremation:

You can also contact any local funeral home or cremation provider for more information.

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