What is Cremation?

Cremation is the human’s or animal’s body reduction process into smaller particles. It involves submitting the body to a temperature of approximately 1000 ° C in a specifically crematory. Almost all organic material is consumed by heat or evaporation. After cremation, ashes and some bone fragments are crushed to obtain a uniform texture.

How long does it take for the cremation process?

The cremation process takes about 2 to 3 hours, depending on each case.

Are there any restrictions on cremation?

Anyone wishing to be cremated must have this right secured. There are only restrictions in case of violent death, when cremation can only occur after judicial authorization. In addition, the will to be cremated must be expressed to the family while still living, because even if the deceased has left documented the desire to be cremated, if family opposes cremation is not performed.

Why cremation is the best option?

There are different reasons showing that cremation is more viable than burial. One of them is the preservation of the environment because burial can contaminate soils and even groundwater. In addition, there is also the respect that is given to the deceased: "From dust we came and dust we become...". Accelerating this process provides respect and dignity to those who parted.

Cremation is expensive?

Contrary to what many people think, today, cremation is more financially viable than burial. Costs of a funeral are the same, but there are no expenses with the grave, tomb ornamentation or constant maintenance.

How are urns sealed?

Metal urns open and close with a threaded lid, and most can be permanently sealed with a clear adhesive, or metal-to-metal glue. Ceramic, stone and glass urns have a tight fitting lid that can be permanently sealed with a small amount of silicone sealant or clear-drying adhesive. Some wooden urns are sealed with a threaded lid and can be permanently sealed with a sealant or wood glue. Many wooden urns are sealed with a removable panel on the bottom which is bolted and some stone or ceramic urns are sealed with a plug placed into the open hole.

What can be done with the ashes?

After cremation there are several options: ashes can be placed in an urn, an everlasting grave, a grave, an ossuary or a columbarium, within suitable containers.

Can I take the ashes home?

Yes. Ashes are delivered within a suitable container (urn), to those who have requested cremation, being able to freely choose the ashes’s final destination.

How can I make my order?

You can order using Memory Keepers direct contacts or throughout our online form available under "Contacts".