Cremation, processing and disposition of the remains of the deceased shall be performed in accordance with all governing laws, polices, procedures and requirements
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The following describes many of the policies and requirements of Colonial Funeral Home and is incorporated in our Cremation Authorization Form. We suggest you take the time to read this document carefully before executing the Cremation Authorization Form.
REQUIREMENTS FOR CREMATION
Cremation will take place only after the following conditions have been met:
Any scheduled ceremonies or viewings have been completed
24 hours has transpired since the death occurred in Illinois. 48 hours if death occurred in Wisconsin
Civil and medical authorities have issued all required permits
All necessary authorizations have been obtained and no objections have been raised
CASKETS / CONTAINERS
The crematory does not cremate metal caskets. All wood caskets and alternative containers must meet the following standards:
Be composed of materials suitable for cremation
Be able to be closed to provide a complete covering for the human remains
Be resistant to leakage or spillage
Be sufficient for handling with ease
Be able to provide protection for the health and safety of crematory personnel
Any remains delivered in a metal or non-combustible casket shall be carefully removed and placed into a combustible alternative container specifically used for cremation. The metal casket will then be destroyed by crushing, rendering it unusable and unrecoverable.
Many caskets that are comprised primarily of combustible material also contain some exterior parts, e.g., decorative handles or rails that are not combustible and that may cause damage to the crematory equipment. The crematory, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to remove these non-combustible materials prior to cremation and discard them with similar materials from other cremations and other refuse in a non-recoverable manner.
PACEMAKERS, PROSTHESIS AND RADIOACTIVE DEVICES
Pacemakers and prosthesis, as well as any other mechanical or radioactive devices or implants in the decedent, may create a hazardous condition when placed in the cremation chamber. It is imperative that pacemakers and radioactive devices must be removed prior to cremation. If the funeral home is not notified about such devices and implants and have not been instructed to remove them, the person(s) authorizing the cremation will be responsible for any damages caused to the crematory or the crematory personnel by such devices or implants.
THE CREMATION PROCESS
All cremations are performed individually. Exceptions are only made in the case of close relatives and then only with the prior written instructions of the Authorizing Agent(s).
Cremation is performed by placing the deceased in a casket or other container and then placing that casket or container into a cremation chamber or retort, where they are subjected to intense heat and flame. During the cremation process, it may be necessary to open the cremation chamber and reposition the deceased in order to facilitate a complete and thorough cremation. Through the use of suitable fuel, incineration of the container and contents is accomplished and all substances are consumed or driven off, except bone fragments (calcium compounds) and metal (including dental gold and silver and nonhuman material) as the temperature is not sufficient to consume them.
Following a cooling period, the cremated remains, which normally weigh several pounds in the case of an average size adult, are then swept or raked from the cremation chamber. Colonial Funeral Home makes a reasonable effort to remove all the cremated remains from the crematory chamber. It is impossible to remove all of them, as some dust and other residue from the process is always left behind. Every effort will be made to avoid commingling.
URNS / CONTAINERS
After the cremated remains have processed, they will be placed in the designated urn or container. Colonial Funeral Home will make a reasonable effort to put all of the cremated remains in the urn or container, with the exception of dust or other residue that may remain on the processing equipment. In the event the urn or container provided is insufficient to accommodate all of the cremated remains, the excess will be placed into a separate receptacle. The separate receptacle will be kept with the primary receptacle and handled according to the disposition instructions on the Cremation Authorization.
Cremation is NOT final disposition, nor is placing the cremated remains in storage at a funeral home a final disposition. The cremation process simply reduces the decedent’s body to cremated remains. These cremated remains usually weigh several pounds and usually measure in excess of 150 cubic inches. Some provision must be made for the final disposition of these cremated remains. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that arrangements for final disposition be made at the time the cremation arrangements are made.
If the option selected for the final disposition includes scattering, then the cremated remains will not be recoverable. If scattering is performed in a common scattering area, then the cremated remains may be commingled with particles of cremated remains that have been previously scattered.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
The obligations of Colonial Funeral Home, Inc. shall be limited to the cremation of the decedent and to the disposition of the decedent’s cremated remains as authorized on the Cremation Authorization Form. No Warranties Expressed or Implied and damages shall be limited to the amount of the cremation fee paid.
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