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What is Cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.  Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

No.  Embalming is not required for cremation but is often done.  A required element of cremation arrangements is scheduling a time for identification or viewing.  This is an opportunity for family to spend time in a home like setting away from the medical equipment and machines and is an important step in the days following a death. Embalming is the medical procedure done by licensed embalmers that allows for the most natural final viewing possible. Embalming is not to preserve the body but rather delay the natural effect of death, includes sanitation and allows the final viewing to be as natural as possible.