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Cremation Process

cremation processThe cremation process must be done by an approved crematory, according to Minnesota laws. The laws stipulate that the crematory must meet all state and local codes, laws, and environmental standards. The laws also put an emphasis on the privacy and dignity of the remains.

During the cremation process, the body is put into a container such as the one in the picture, and then put into a crematory at temperatures of 1600-1800 degrees. This cremation process generally takes 1.5-2 hours, depending on the body size.

After the cremation process, all that remains are dry, lighter gray, bone fragments. These cremation remains are then pulverized to provide the cremation ashes. Although not officially ashes, the color and texture look similar to ashes.

After grinding is complete, the ashes are put into a box or urn. The ashes can then be kept in various urns for ashes, can be buried, or can be sprinkled on private land (with the owner's permission) or public land, if the jurisdiction allows it.

Related Questions and Answers

We received a multi-part question regarding the cremation process and it's timelines in Minnesota.

I want my family to know that I want to be cremated when I pass away.  How do I go about this so it is in writing and that they will follow my wishes?  Should I do this in a legal document and if so, how?

Currently there are not any laws in regards to holding the remains prior to the cremation. However, once the medical examiner, the family and the physician have signed off, the cremation can take place. In some rare instances, that could be within hour of the death. This is just the law in Minnesota. Each state has their own laws. There is no need to call a cremation society to arrange for a cremation. Any licensed Minnesota funeral director can assist according to Daniel McGraw from Gill Brothers Funeral & Cremation Services.

Thinking about transporting the cremation ashes? One questioner was -  she asked: Once a body has been cremated, are there any laws about transporting the remains from one state to another?

A interesting question about the cremation time table and the impact on the funeral:

What is the average time table from death to cremation so you can have the funeral ? I heard it might take up to 7 days to receive the ashes so you can have the funeral.

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