What is cremation?

The First Steps

Before the cremation process begins, the body needs to be checked for any metal or medical devices that may be present. This often happens before the body even arrives at the crematorium. Because the temperatures are so high, there’s a risk that some implants and devices could cause dangerous reactions. The most common items that funeral directors must remove before a body is inserted into the retort are:

  • Jewellery: Most jewellery and other accessories such as watches will break down during cremation and should be removed from the body prior to cremation.
  • Pacemakers: Pacemakers must be removed because they could explode during the cremation process. Other surgical implants could cause the same reaction so it’s important that funeral directors be well-versed in cremation safety.

The cremation process

The next step is to place the body into a casket or a container, depending on the choice of the family of the deceased. The retort is then preheated and the body is inserted using a mechanised door. When the process starts, the body is exposed to a column of flames in order to incinerate it.

Cremation Planning

For information about planning a cremation service – please contact Urielheld –

Facsimile: 086 471 1353
Email address: relief@urielheld.co.za

Website: www.urielheld.co.za