If you are facing the imminent loss of a loved one who wishes to be cremated, it's important that you have a full understanding of the process and what you need to do in advance. Cremation requires fewer decisions than a traditional burial, but there are some specific concerns that must be addressed. Here are some of the things that your crematorium wants you to know before you need their services.
There May Be A Waiting Period
If you're thinking that you can have your loved one's cremains back within a day or two of their death, you may be surprised to find out that many states won't even allow cremation for at least a couple of days after death. This waiting period is typically established to ensure that the cause of death delivers no suspicion and nobody can rush a body through cremation to hide evidence of a crime. That means you may need to wait a couple of extra days to put your loved one to rest.
You Need To Notify The Crematorium Of Medical Devices And Implants
Whether your loved one has a pacemaker or a reconstructed metal hip, you need to let the crematorium know about it in advance. Any pins, screws, medical devices and the like should be declared ahead of time for everyone's safety. Certain things can pose a safety hazard in the cremation chamber, so it's vital that you tell the crematorium about any implants or devices that you may be aware of. That way, they can be removed prior to cremation if necessary.
You Should Remove Any Personal Effects
Any jewelry or other personal effects that your loved one may have been wearing at the time of their death should be removed before they go to the crematorium. Make sure that you take any necklaces, piercing jewelry, rings, or other belongings ahead of time so that you can preserve them.
You Can Skip The Embalming
Unless you are planning on hosting a memorial service with a viewing before the cremation, there's no reason to pay for the extra embalming services before your loved one is cremated. Embalming is a preservation method used for viewings and such, so there's no need to incur the additional cost if it isn't necessary.
These are some of the most important things to know about cremation before your loved one passes away. Talk with the crematorium manager about any other questions that you might have about cremation services.