Questions about Cremation

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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.

What is the weight of ashes after cremation?

On average, the cremated remains (ashes) of an adult human female weigh around 4 pounds (1.8 kg). The ashes of an adult human male weigh around 6 pounds (2.7 kg).

Do laws regarding cremation vary from one state to another?

Yes. Every state has different laws regarding the cremation of human bodies. For a look at the cremation laws in your state, visit <<>>>

Are there any laws governing cremation in my state?

Yes. Every state has different laws regarding the cremation of human bodies. For a look at the cremation laws in your state, visit <<>>>

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

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 popularly known as “ashes”. The crematory or funeral home then returns the ashes to the family in either a temporary or permanent urn.

Can two human cremations be done at the same time?

No. In addition to being illegal to cremate more than one body at the same time, most cremation chambers are not large enough to accommodate more than one body during the cremation process.

What are “cremains”?

“Cremains” is another word for “cremated remains” or “ashes”.

How can I be sure I’ve received the correct cremated remains?

Any reputable and responsible cremation facility will have a set of operating procedures and policies in place (also known as “chain of custody”). These processes are designed to reduce or eliminate human error while providing the client with the highest level of service. If you have any concerns or questions about this issue, ask your funeral home or cremation provider to explain their chain of custody process to you.

What state currently has the lowest cremation rate?

In 2012, Mississippi had the lowest cremation rate, at 16.9%.

What state currently has the highest cremation rate?

In 2012, Nevada had the highest cremation rate, at 74.2%.

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