Cremation is the act of reducing a corpse by burning, generally in a crematorium furnace or crematory fire. Contrary to popular belief, the remains (often called cremains) are not "ashes" in the usual sense; they are dried bone fragments that have been pulverized in a device called a cremulator. Most people consider what's left after the cremation of a body as "ash". On our site we use the commonly understood term "Ashes" when talking about what remains after a body is cremated.
Ashes, which are not a health risk, may be buried or immured in memorial sites or cemeteries, or they may be legally retained by relatives or dispersed in a variety of ways and locations.
Most every funeral home now provides cremation as a service option.
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What to do with the Cremated Remains
Cremated Remains can be kept or let go. You may want to consider keeping some portion and scattering the rest. There are hundreds of options.
Options for Keeping Cremated Remains - Click on the underlined text to view related product or service vendors.
Options for Freeing Cremated Remains:
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