How Long It Takes To Receive The Ashes After Cremation

By: Louis Bruno
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Cremation is fast becoming a preferred choice for disposing of the mortal remains. It is environmentally-friendly, affordable, and respectful. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we conduct several cremations every year and know what it involved in the process. Many clients have asked us how long it takes to receive ashes after a funeral. Here’s a look at what you can expect:

Paperwork First

We can’t conduct a funeral without getting the paperwork done first. Once the death certificate has been filed at the local registrar and everything is in order, we can start the process. Funeral homes aren’t allowed to conduct cremations if there are unresolved issues around a person’s demise. For example, if a person has died because of criminal behavior, the family may have to delay a cremation for a while.

Cremation Process

Cremation takes time and it usually is done within 3-5 hours based on the person’s body mass. The funeral home will provide a more accurate timeline regarding this before so you know when you can receive the ashes. Once the body is reduced to some fragments of bone, the remains are collected and turned into ashes with the help of an industrial-size grinder.

Handing Over the Remains

The ashes are placed inside an urn and given to the family immediately after the cremation process is done. Most family members collect the urn on the following business day when the funeral home is open. You can also collect them on the same day if you have stayed behind for the process. Different funeral homes have different regulations regarding this process so be sure to consult with them first.

If you want to know more about ashes, memorial services or cremation, don’t hesitate to contact us at Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

What Can a Funeral Director Assist Me With?

Funeral directors play a vital role and offer a great deal of support to grieving families. They have the experience, skill, and compassion needed to handle sensitive events like funerals with resp...

What to Expect After the Funeral?

The funeral service is a way for everyone to come together and bid their final farewell to a loved one. Most services are performed according to religious tradition while some are customized accord...

Cremation vs. Burial Costs

Choosing between cremation and burial is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. Many families weigh the pros and cons of both options carefully before they pick one. At Charles J. O’Shea...

Creating New Family Traditions After A Loss

The loss of a loved one can destabilize a family’s structure and a person’s support system. Losing parents, grandparents, siblings, or even children can be traumatic, even when you expect it. At Ch...

What to Expect During a Funeral

Attending a funeral and offering condolences shouldn’t be a difficult task, but it can be unnerving to most. People don’t want to cause any disruption or pain to grieving family members or unintent...

How To Help Someone Who Lost A Pet

Losing a pet is like losing a family member. Owners and pets often develop strong bonds of companionship that people who have never had pets struggle to understand. You experience genuine grief at ...

What To Expect Before The Funeral?

Funeral planning is a fairly complex process so it is common for people to be intimidated by it. Fortunately, a trained funeral director can handle all aspects of the event and provide straightforw...

Top Tips On Staying Safe In Public During The Pandemic

We live in a time where it is imperative to maintain social distancing. Many people are now working from home and limiting the amount of time that they spend in any public place. Some Tips Howeve...

Grief Amid The Pandemic: How To Show Love And Support Through Social Distancing

A global pandemic is a trying time for everyone. People are struggling to remain healthy and active while being cooped up inside their homes. At Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home, we are concerned abo...

The Importance of Writing a Eulogy

A eulogy is a display of gratitude, sorrow, and final farewell to the memory of the deceased. For those people attending the event, speaking isn't straightforward, specifically because you haven't ...