Puritan Lawn Memorial Park >> Cremation FAQ

Following are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about cremation. Keep in mind that requirements vary from state to state and provider to provider.

What Is Cremation?
To begin with, it is probably easier to describe what cremation isn't. Cremation is not a final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service. Rather, it is a process of reducing the human body to ashes using high heat and flame, something that typically takes hundreds of years for a body that is not cremated.
Is A Casket Needed For Cremation?
No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is usually required by most states is an alternative container constructed of wood or cardboard, which is cremated with the body.
Can The Family Witness The Cremation?
Yes, in many cases the cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.
What Can Be Done With The Cremated Remains?
There are many options and laws vary state to state. Some options include burial in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurnment in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered.
Do People Choose Cremation Only To Save Money?
While some people select cremation for economy, many choose this option for other reasons. The simplicity and dignity of cremation, environmental concerns, and the flexibility cremation affords in ceremony planning and final disposition all add to its increasing popularity.
Who Can Operate a Crematory?
Depending on the state you live in, either funeral homes or cemeteries operate most crematories.  In the state of MA, only cemeteries can own/operate a crematory.
How Long Does the Actual Cremation Take?
It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, cremation takes from 2-3 hours.
Do I Need An Urn?
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not provided, the cremated remains will be returned in a plastic container.
Do you have additional questions?

Because laws and procedure vary greatly, please address specific questions to the cremation service provider or better yet, request a tour of the cremation facility at the cemetery.