Senior Citizen's Guide to Pittsburgh

28 www. BoomersResourceGuide .com What happens during the cremation process? The casket or container is placed in the cre- mation chamber, where the tem- perature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately, 2 to 2 1/2 hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The residue which is left is bone fragments, known as cremated re- mains. The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner. Do all religions permit cre- mation? Some religions prefer cremation; some do not recom- mend the practice; most permit you to choose. Should you have any questions or concerns, we sug- gest you speak with a member of your clergy, or contact your local prearrangement provider. What is the price difference between cremation and standard ground burial? The cost depends on the type of permanent memo- rial, location of the memorial, urn and placement selected. Can I take the cremated re- mains home? Yes. The remains are normally placed in an urn. Most families select an urn that is suit- able for placement on a mantle or shelf. Urns are available in a vari- ety of shapes, sizes and materials. If I am cremated, can I be buried with my spouse even if he or she was in a casket? Yes — Depending upon the cemetery’s policy, you may be able to save a grave space by having the cremains buried on top of your casketed spouse, or utilize the space provid- ed next to him/her. Many cemeter- ies allow for multiple cremains to be interred in a single grave space. Why is having a place to visit so important? Because it provides a focal point for memorializing the deceased. To remember, and be remembered, are natural hu- man needs. Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. The Wash- ington Monument, Tomb of the Unknowns and Vietnam “Wall” in Washington, D.C are examples of memorialization which demon- strate that, throughout our history, we have always honored our dead. If I’m going to be cremated, why would I want my remains to be placed in a columbarium, or interred or scattered at the cem- etery? As long as it is permitted by local regulations, your cremated remains can be scattered in a place that is meaningful to you. This can, Cremation Q & A