A sturdy, totally combustible container must be used to deposit a body in the cremation chamber. The only criteria is that it has no metal pieces. This container can be anything from a cremation coffin to a cardboard box.
If There Will Be A Funeral Before The Cremation
If the cremation will follow a typical funeral ceremony, you can buy a coffin for the service that can also be used as the cremation container. Because a cremation casket cannot include any metal pieces, it must be entirely made of wood, cloth-covered wood, or an equivalent material (bamboo, wicker, etc.).
You can hire a coffin for the funeral ceremony and then cremate the body in a basic cardboard container (known as an “alternative container”) if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a casket. Many funeral houses provide rental caskets; if you intend on hiring a casket for the funeral ceremony, make sure the funeral home you’re working with can accommodate you.
Green Caskets for Cremation
The majority of “green” caskets are totally combustible and may be used for cremation. Natural materials such as bamboo, wicker, cotton or wool, or teak are commonly used to create green caskets. There are also recyclable cardboard containers that are designed to appear like traditional caskets and may be used as a cheaper alternative to purchasing or renting a casket.
Jewish Caskets As Cremation Caskets
Caskets built for Jewish funerals are entirely composed of wood and include no metal elements, making them fully combustible and a feasible cremation casket alternative.
Cremation Coffin Provided by the Crematory
The crematory will provide an alternate container for cremation if you do not desire to purchase a coffin. Most likely, this will be a cardboard box.
Costs of Cremation Caskets
The cost of a cremation casket is mostly determined by the style of casket required for the type of service being held. For example, if you’re having a traditional funeral followed by cremation, you might buy an all-wood coffin for both the service and the cremation, or you may rent a casket for the funeral service and utilize a considerably less expensive alternative container for the cremation.
When A Coffin Is Cremated, What Happens To It?
Are you cremated in a coffin?
Yes. The funeral director and mortuary technician will remove anything that might create complications during cremation, such as watches or pacemakers, before placing the body in a casket (which can explode in the heat). After that, the body is placed in the coffin, which is then sealed and taken to the Crematory for cremation when the time comes.
Is it possible to be cremated without a coffin?
The sole absolute rule is that a person’s body must be covered in public. In theory, coffins aren’t required for cremation; a shroud or a coffin will suffice.
In actuality, though, you’ll almost always need to be cremated in some type of coffin, even if it’s made of cardboard or wicker. Because of the way cremators are constructed, a body cannot be simply or securely placed into one on its own; it must be placed in a container with a firm, flat base. Some crematoria will utilize aboard, while others will use a coffin.
Does the coffin get cremated with the body?
A coffin and its contents must be placed in the cremator exactly as they were received, according to a stringent code of practice followed by crematoria. So, are coffins burned at cremations? Yes, as this report of the cremation and burial procedure in the Guardian verifies.
Reusable coverings are sometimes placed on the outside of a coffin to dress it up for a funeral or committal service. This might be the origin of the “recycled coffins” myth. The coverings will not be incinerated, but the corpse will always be placed in the cremator with the casket.
What happens to coffins after they’ve been cremated?
During the cremation process, coffins are designed to be entirely destroyed. It takes a lot of heat to cremate a person – so much heat, in fact, that at the conclusion of the process, there’s usually little or no trace of the coffin among the ashes. The ashes themselves are made up of bone pieces.
You could be permitted into the committal chamber as a witness if you’re concerned about what will happen to your loved one’s body before or during cremation for whatever reason. To obtain a better picture of how the cremation process works, see our explanation of what happens during cremation.