How Cremation Services Work

Once you’ve found a suitable cremation company and decided that you’re going to pre-plan your final services, you have to know how cremation services work. Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to a cremation service than just the customary burning of the deceased’s body. At, we can discuss with you how cremation services work from start to finish.

Before you go on to pre-planning your funeral, it’s best to educate yourself on how the entire cremation process works, from before the actual cremation until your ashes have been handed to your family. There’s so much more that goes on in between, so here’s an in-depth look at how cremation services work.

The Entire Cremation Process

1. Before anything else, the cremation process starts with planning. Speak with your funeral director on how you want the entire process to go. They will lay down the details with you so that your family won’t have to deal with it once you pass.

2. Once you pass, the coroner will turn over your body to the cremation company as soon as they finish embalming you. The cremation company will inspect, identify, and prepare your body for cremation. You can either be cremated in the clothes you came in or with just a white sheet covering you.

3. Your family will be gathered for viewing in the cremation observation room and will be allowed to view your body for the last time before you are placed in a container and entered into the cremation chamber.

4. The burning process will take about three to four hours, and the grinding of your ashes to fine powder will take an hour or two.

5. Your ashes will be given to your family in seven to ten days. However, if you’ve opted to have a small memorialization ceremony right after the cremation, the cremation company will hold it in one of their funeral rooms.

6. If you choose to have your ashes scattered, the cremation company will sometimes provide land transportation. If you choose to have your ashes placed in an urn at the cemetery, the company will arrange that for you and your family as well.

7. The assistance only ends once your ashes have been turned over to your family, and there is nothing else that the cremation company can do for you.


We discuss your options with you. We can even include your family in the conversation so they know what goes on during cremation, and what they can do once it’s done.