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Death is a difficult topic many people shy away from. However, when your loved one dies, the earlier you decide what the final disposition of the body will be the better.

While there are various options, a direct cremation package is considered more efficient. Depending on the size and weight of the body and the efficiency of the equipment installed, the actual cremation procedure can be completed in a shorter amount of time following a death. 

Whilst cremation is becoming more popular, more people begin to consider it as an option, people still wonder how morticians prepare dead bodies before cremation. Although the process can differ in several ways from one facility to another, there is a standard procedure that is cross cutting. In this article, you will learn what it takes to prepare a body for cremation.

• Paperwork 

For the crematory to get started with the cremation it must have official permission for authorisation. Family and friends making the final arrangements must complete paperwork that authorises the crematory facility to proceed with cremation. In the process, you also need to provide information regarding the type of container to be used during the procedure and the name of the person who will be responsible for picking up the remains.

• Identifying the Deceased with a metal ID tag

Once the paperwork is done, the second step is identifying the deceased with a metal ID tag. Identification typically involves a family member confirming the identity of their loved one where a metal ID tag is placed on the body. The ID is expected to remain throughout the process so it will be put with the remains for final verification.

• Cleaning the body

The third step usually involves cleaning and dressing. For the Direct Cremation Package, the body is not embalmed unless requested by the family members for a public viewing. All the jewellery is taken off unless requested to stay with the body. Sometimes medical devices and prosthetics that are battery-operated are removed. This is necessary to avoid a reaction. Once the body is ready it is placed in a combustible vessel but strong enough to hold the weight of the body.

• Actual cremation

The body is placed in a cremation chamber where it is exposed to extreme temperatures leaving behind only ashes. A cooling period is required before the ashes can be handled. After cooling, the remains are inspected and any metal remnants are removed. The cremated remains are then ground down into the resulting ashes. In the end, the remains are placed in an urn and handed over to the family unless specified otherwise.


Cremation has become more widespread because of several important reasons. The cost of a Direct Cremation Package is usually less expensive compared to a traditional burial. The cost of deposition is often an important part of the decision-making process. The option is environmentally conscious. Cremated remains take up much less space than an intact body. The impact on the environment tends to be less than with a full casket burial even if you do choose to bury the cremated remains of a deceased loved one.