An Overview of the Cremation Process From Start to Finish, Pt. 3


An Overview of the Cremation Process From Start to Finish, Pt. 3

Cremation is an increasingly popular choice for those wishing to dispose of their loved ones’ remains. The process is generally straightforward, but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that everything goes smoothly. In this third installment of our series, we’ll be laying bare some commonly asked queries about the cremation process. Keep reading!

8 Frequently Asked Questions About the Cremation Process

Here are some frequently asked questions about the cremation process:

  1. What Type of Container is Used for Cremation?

Cremation containers come in all shapes and sizes and can be made of many different materials. The only rule is that they must be able to be completely consumed by the flames so that only the cremated remains are left. Caskets are made of wood or metal and are not required for cremation. Instead, a simple container made of wood, cardboard, wicker, or even a cloth bag may be used.

  1. How Long Does Cremation Take?

The cremation process itself does not take long. It generally only takes a few hours for the body to be completely consumed, but it may take up to 24 hours for the cremated remains to cool enough to be handled.

  1. How Much Does Cremation Cost?

Cremation is generally much cheaper than a traditional funeral. The cost of the cremation itself is generally between $500 and $1000, but the total cost will be higher if you add in the cost of the cremation container, the death certificate, and other associated expenses.

  1. Is a Casket Required For Cremation?

No, caskets are not required for cremation. In fact, many people choose to forgo a casket altogether and are cremated in a simple cloth bag.

  1. How Much Ash is Produced After Cremation?

The amount of ash produced after cremation varies depending on the size and weight of the person being cremated. On average, however, only about 3-5 pounds of ash is produced.

  1. Which Religions Permit Cremation?

Many religions now permit cremation, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. If you are unsure whether your religion permits cremation, you should consult your religious leader.

  1. How is a Body Prepared for Cremation?

The body is prepared for cremation in the same way it would be prepared for a funeral with burial, with a few exceptions. Embalming is not required, although you may want to consider it if you are having a viewing before the cremation. The body is dressed in the clothing you have selected. The container you have selected is placed around the body. The container is then placed in the cremation chamber.

  1. Do They Cremate Multiple Bodies at Once? 

No. Cremation is always performed on just one body at a time. This is to ensure that each body is handled with dignity and respect.


The cremation process, from start to finish, can be a bit overwhelming. However, understanding the process and knowing what to expect can help make the experience more bearable. After the body is prepared for cremation, the actual cremation process takes place. The body is placed in the cremation chamber and exposed to intense heat, which reduces it to ashes. Once the cremation is complete, the ashes are collected and can be returned to the family or scattered in a place that was meaningful to the deceased.

If you are pre-planning or experiencing a loss and are unsure of your options, whether it be a traditional funeral or direct cremation in Los Angeles, please do not hesitate to contact us at Ashes to Ashes Corporation. Even if you are not using our services, we’ll be happy to help! Contact us at (323) 644-3323.


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