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Cremation is simply the burning of human remains. This method of disposing of the dead has been used for many, many years but various cultures.
After the funeral service the body is delivered to a crematorium. This is a place that specializes in and is liscensed to do cremations.
In some places the body is required to be in a simple casket such as one of wood or cardboard. Other places do not require any form of casket.
The body is moved into the furnace chamber and the burning process begins. Only one body is allowed in a chamber at once. It takes anywhere from 2 to 3 hours for the process to be completed. Some crematoriums allow family members to be present.
What are commonly refered to as ashes are made up of ash and crushed bones. Some bones do not burn completely and they are put through a crushing mechanism before delivery to the family.