Gradually entering the mores of our society, cremation or incineration has become in the space of four decades an alternative to burial. Moreover, according to a survey of the FIFG, one in two French wants to be cremated.
During cremation and the use of fire, the body is reduced to ashes instead of being buried. For people who have made the choice of incineration, what happens in a crematorium to turn a body into fine ashes?
A crematorium is an oven that burns the body of a human being to ashes. There are several steps and conditions to follow before getting these famous ashes that loved ones preserve.
Everything that happens in a crematorium
Even after death, it is a process that is quite risky. If the deceased has a pacemaker, there is a risk that it will explode inside the crematorium. As a result the jewels must also be removed to avoid accidents. Some crematoriums can even cause dangerous gases, so they must be checked regularly.
During the cremation process, the rooms are heated to a temperature of 750 to 950 degrees Celsius. To ensure that the chamber can withstand heat, industrial bricks are always used on its outer layer.
In the majority of cases, the room only supports one body. Exceptions are made only when there is a deceased mother with a stillborn child, for it is often considered illegal to incinerate several bodies together.
The body is actually placed in a combustible coffin when placed in the chamber. To ensure that the room contains as much heat as possible, its door will only open slightly to allow the casket to enter. And once the coffin is in the room, it is engulfed by the flames because the crematorium is powered by natural gas, propane or diesel.
Initially, the flames will burn the coffin before progressing to the body itself. First, the skin and hair will be burned. This is then followed by the muscles before finally the soft tissue of the body is evaporated and the bones are calcified. The water will then leave the body in the form of steam. When only the skeleton remains, the bones are crushed manually using a tool similar to that of a peasant hoe.
In some cases, there may be an additional afterburner system that can help reduce emissions, odors and smoke.
The whole process takes between two to three hours, although it depends on various factors, such as body weight, casket type and crematorium temperature.
The remaining dust is then removed from the chamber and placed on a tray, where a magnet is used to remove all metal parts, such as surgical screws. Following this, a small machine is used to grind all the small bones that can remain.
And finally, the cremated remains are then placed in an urn and returned to relatives. This usually happens on the day of the funeral, but it can also take place 24 hours later.
Here are some bizarre wishes of known people
When you reach a certain age however, you must make certain choices as to what you want to do with your money for example or your body after death. This is called your last will and testament.
There have been, in the past, extremely bizarre demands addressed to certain popular wills, which must be legally adhered to. Take a look at some of these strange instructions that people have left in their wills.
Mark Gruenwald was a famous man who left a bizarre and rather crude statement in his will. He was the executive editor of Captain America and Iron Man and has collaborated on several other Marvel comics. He had asked that after the cremation, his ashes be mixed with the ink used to print his precious comics.
Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek also left an extremely strange and extravagant request in his will. His famous quote “Go boldly where no man has gone before” was fully exercised in his will. In 1997, his ashes were to be dispersed via a space satellite that was in orbit around the Earth.
Toronto Attorney Charles Vance Millar has left a huge amount of money to be won for the Toronto woman who could produce the most offspring in the decade following her death.