Cremation is defined as the reduction of a dead human body to ashes through direct exposure to heat and flame.
The process of cremation happens in a building called a crematory or crematorium. There are more than 1,000 crematories in the United States and Canada today. We operate Reflections Crematory in Jordan, MN.
Within a crematory is a special chamber called a cremation chamber, or retort. Once a body has been prepared for cremation it is placed in a cremation container, and the container is slid into the cremation chamber. Then the chamber door is tightly sealed, and a trained crematory operator begins the cremation process.
Cremators use heat and flame inside the cremation chamber. This intense heat allows the body to burn until only bone fragments remain. The cremation process takes about 2-3 hours.
Following the cremation, the remains are further processed and refined to a consistency similar to coarse sand. These remains are white or grey in color and are referred to as ashes or cremated remains.
These remains are now sealed in a transparent bag and placed in an urn selected by the family. The remains weigh about 5 lbs. and are similar in size to a 5-lb. bag of sugar.