Cremation FAQ What happens during the cremation process? How hot does the cremation chamber get? How long does it take to cremate a body? Are cremations done individually? Is the body exposed to an open flame during the cremation process? When after death can a cremation take place? Is any other preparation required prior to cremation? Is it true that the bones are crushed after cremation? I’ve heard you don’t get ashes back — what do you get? Why is refrigeration of the remains necessary? Is embalming necessary for cremation? Is a casket required? Are there special cremation chamber caskets? Can a casket be rented instead of purchased when choosing cremation? Can I bring my own urn? Can I watch the cremation? Do all funeral homes and cemeteries have a crematory? Is cremation a substitution for a funeral? Do I have to make different funeral arrangements if I chose cremation? Can we have the service before or after the cremation? What can be done with the cremated remains? Can I scatter the remains on private property? What is memorialization for a cremation? What is a columbarium? Why is having a place to visit so important? If I am cremated, can I be buried with my spouse even if he or she was in a casket? Can I take the cremated remains home? How big of a price difference is there with cremation compared to standard ground burial? Do all religions permit cremation?