Cremation FAQs

Your questions answered

Cremation is a contemporary disposition, and therefore there still are many questions to be answered. Here are some questions Forest Lawn’s funeral directors commonly answer to give you insight on the cremation process.

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How long is cremation process?

The cremation process depends on the size of the individual and the container used; approximately 3 to 5 hours.

What is the temperature of the cremation chamber?

The temperature reaches between 1100 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

Is a casket required for cremation?

No. An alternative enclosed, rigid container constructed of wood or cardboard is required, which is cremated with the body. It needs to meet standards of safety, respect and dignity. In some states, no container is required.

Why is permanent placement & memorialization so important?

Professional grief counselors advise that a person needs a separate place for grieving, so that after their moments of grief, they can go on with their lives. Stories are common in the industry of families who have taken a loved one’s urn home, leaving them to be constantly reminded every time they would see the urn, that he/she remain sad, depressed and seemingly unable to ever get over mourning the loss of the other. Whether the cremation urn is placed on the fireplace mantel, adorns some table, is stored in the closet or scattered, every time the surviving family members see or visits that area, they are reminded of their loved one and renew their grieving all over again.

Professional grief counselors advise that it is better to choose a place to set aside the cremation urn or cremated remains, place a permanent memorial in honor of the loved one there, and leave the cremated remains in that sacred place in order to visit and remember. When cremated remains are memorialized in their own special place, everyone-family and friends-can come visit, pay their respects and grieve. When friends and family return home, they can try to set their grieving behind them and move on with their lives. The loved one is never forgotten; however, the place where the family grieves the loss is separated from the place where the family is trying to get on with its living.

Another concern for the family deals with the permanency of caring for the cremated remains. If the cremated remains are not permanently provided for future generations, estate cleanings, natural disasters, and other events may inadvertently or uncontrollably destroy the sacred memory. Final disposition of one’s cremated remains is not meant to be a temporary decision in need of revisiting in the future. The cemetery encourages its families to select a permanent and private place to memorialize a loved one’s cremated remains.

Forest Lawn has a large number of cremation memorial options including indoor glass front and granite niches, cremation benches and many other dedicated memorials which offer a special place to come visit, leave flowers and remember.

When a loved one chooses cremation, additional choices need to be made by survivors about the best way to preserve memory. The Cemetery offers a number of options that help you make this choice as gently as possible.

What are my options for the cremated remains?

Forest Lawn has a large number of cremation memorial options including indoor glass front and granite niches, cremation benches and many other dedicated memorials which offer a special place to come visit, leave flowers and remember.

Professional grief counselors advise that it is better to choose a place to set aside the cremation urn or cremated remains, place a permanent memorial in honor of the loved one there, and leave the cremated remains in that sacred place in order to visit and remember. When cremated remains are memorialized in their own special place, everyone-family and friends-can come visit, pay their respects and grieve. When friends and family return home, they can try to set their grieving behind them and move on with their lives. The loved one is never forgotten; however, the place where the family grieves the loss is separated from the place where the family is trying to get on with its living.

You can also keep a portion of the remains as a remembrance in a small urn or in a keepsake.

How much do cremated remains weigh?

Usually 4 to 5 pounds not including the urn.

What size of urn is necessary for cremated remains?

The size of an adult urn we recommend is 200 cubic inches or approximately the size of a one gallon paint can.

Do all religions allow cremation?

Cremation is accepted by many religions. If you are uncertain whether cremation is favorable within a specific religion, contact us for help.

Can I plan my cremation in advance?

Yes. Planning ahead the details and payment of your cremation can be done with our help, at your convenience. You can also sign the Cremation Authorization; alleviating the burden from your family of choosing your funeral plans.

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