The Gardens at Boca Raton understands that the process of planning a cremation can be overwhelming — especially as you try to deal with the grief that comes with the loss of a loved one. This cremation planning guide will help you understand a bit more about the process with clear, concise information that will guide you through this difficult time.
Our goal is to provide facts so you can make the best choice for you and your loved ones as you honor those who have passed. We hope you find this guide a valuable resource, and if you need any other help or guidance, the team at The Gardens is here to discuss the topic with you more. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about your situation and begin the next steps with us.
A Step-by-Step Guide to the Cremation Process
First, we will have a consultation to discuss a variety of different details about the cremation, including what you plan to do with the remains and any religious or cultural rites that must be observed during the process. We will also complete the necessary paperwork at this time, which will include an authorization form to move forward with the cremation.
Preparation for Cremation
Once we have agreed on all of the details and completed the paperwork, the body will be prepared for cremation. The body is cleaned, dressed, and then placed in a cremation container. There is typically a viewing or a funeral service before cremation, but we will discuss your wishes during the consultation. Many opt for direct cremation services without a viewing.
The actual cremation is done by placing the body into a cremation chamber, where the body will be reduced to bone fragments in 1400-1600º heat over a number of hours. The fragments are then further processed into fine ash-like material.
Collection and Use of Ashes
The cremated remains are then collected and stored in either a temporary container or the urn that you and your family have provided. Families may store and display, scatter, bury or use the ashes in any other number of manners, including cremation jewelry. There might be specific laws about how to scatter or bury cremated remains in your state or locale, so make sure that you refer to the relevant local laws before making any decisions.
Understanding Cremation Urns
There are lots of different types of urns, such as companion urns that are designed to hold the ashes of two individuals. There are urns made specially for pets and infants, and even containers that are meant to be buried or thrown into the sea.
As you can imagine, an urn can be made from any number of materials, commonly glass, wood, ceramics, or metal. Urns made from biodegradable materials are becoming more popular, and you may choose to find one made from a unique material that gives it a distinctive touch.
You will need to consider your situation, your deceased loved one, your religious restrictions, and other factors that will help you choose things like the size, style, material, and use of your urn.
Cremation Jewelry: Unique Ways to Keep Your Loved One Close
Cremation jewelry uniquely incorporates a small bit of your loved one’s cremated remains into a wearable keepsake. Ashes are typically stored in a small, sealed compartment.
There are many different types of cremation jewelry, depending on your style. Some of the most common include:
When choosing cremation jewelry, it’s probably most important to consider the wearer’s style and preferences. The piece should be comfortable to wear and something the wearer is proud to have on their body.
Caring for your cremation jewelry is like anything else: regular cleaning with a mild detergent and soft cloth that won’t damage it. You should remove your jewelry before bathing or swimming to prevent damage.
For information not covered in this cremation planning guide, contact The Gardens of Boca Raton today.
A cremation urn is a vessel that holds cremated remains and can come in many different shapes, styles, and sizes that will fit your needs and preferences in a unique way to honor your loved one.