If my family knows I want cremation, is that all I need to do in advance?
No. Just stating your wishes will not necessarily assure their being honored. To assure your wishes will be honored and to prevent your survivors from having to make decisions and arrangements at the time of your death, you can choose a cremation provider and prearrange your cremation. The cremation provider can also keep the personal data and authorizations which will be required for your death certificate, so that your survivors will not have to be asked for this information during an emotional time. You may also prepay the expenses of your cremation if allowed by state law.
Exactly what happens at the crematory?
The deceased is placed in the cremation chamber. After cremation, metal from clothing and implants is separated. The remains are processed further by pulverization and then placed in a selected urn. Family can choose to receive the cremated remains at the crematory or they may be transported by U.S. mail.
What happens to medical devices such as hip implants and pacemakers?
Fragments of metal are separated and removed prior to pulverization. Pacemakers have an explosive risk, and are removed prior to cremation with permission from the next of kin.