How Long Does Cremation Take? A Breakdown of the Full Process

How Long Does Cremation Take? A Breakdown of the Full Process

Losing a loved one is difficult enough without added confusion about next steps. Funera, as a leading funeral home and cremation services provider in Sydney, we want to ensure families understand the complete cremation timeline.

Here is a breakdown of how long each step of the cremation process takes:

Transportation to the Funeral Home (1-2 hours)

After a death occurs, we are called to transport the deceased from the place of passing to our funeral home facility. This typically takes 1-2 hours depending on location.

Preparation of the Body (1-5 days)

Next, we move the deceased into refrigerated storage and prepare the body for cremation. This involves removing pacemakers, prostheses and other devices. The cremation container or casket is also selected. This process usually takes 1-5 days.

Scheduling the Cremation (1-7 days)

We schedule the cremation procedure based on the availability of our offsite crematorium. There is some flexibility if timing is important for services and viewing. Cremations are typically scheduled 1-7 days after initial transport.

The Cremation Process (1.5-3 hours)

The body is placed in the cremation chamber where temperatures reach 1400-1800°F. Bones and organic matter are reduced to small particle fragments within 1.5-3 hours depending on body size.

Processing the Remains (1-2 days)

The cremated remains are then processed to achieve a uniform consistency and placed in the selected urn or container. This takes 1-2 days following the cremation.

Return of Remains to Family (1-7 days)

After the remains are processed, we schedule a time for families to collect the urn or arrange interment or scattering. Remains are usually returned to families within 1-7 days after cremation.

We hope this timeline helps provide clarity around what to expect with affordable cremation services in Sydney. Please let us know if you have any other questions as you make arrangements with your funeral director here at Funera. We are here to guide you through this difficult process.
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