Cremation Q&A

What is cremation?


To begin with, it is probably easier to describe what cremation in Dallas & Fort Worth aren’t. Cremation is not final disposition of the remains, nor is some type of funeral service. Rather, it is a process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame.

WHO CAN AUTHORIZe CREMATION?

Authorization for cremation and disposition must be made on forms provided by SimpleCremation.org and its affiliates.

The following persons, in the priority listed, may act as the Authorizing Agent to control the cremation of the decedent’s remains. In situations where there are multiple persons in the line of heirship (children, parents or siblings), signatures will be required from all persons in that line.

1. The person designated in a written instrument signed by the decedent;

2. The decedent’s spouse;

3. All of the decedent’s surviving adult children;

4. The decedent’s surviving parent(s);

5. All of the decedent’s surviving adult siblings.

SimpleCremation.org and affiliates reserve the right to refuse to complete the Dallas area cremation if all persons have not signed. If a dispute has not been resolved concerning the cremation of the remains, a reasonable basis for questioning any representation made by the Authorizing Agent, or other lawful reasons exist for refusal to cremate the remains. The same is true for the release of the cremated remains.

How long does the actual cremation take?

It depends on the weight of the individual. For an average size adult, Dallas cremation takes from two to three hours at normal operating temperature between 1,500 degrees F to 2,000 degrees F.

What happens after the cremation is complete?


All organic bone fragments, which are very brittle, as well as non-consumed metal items are "swept" into the front of the cremation chamber and into a stainless steel cooling pan. All non-consumed items, like metal from clothing, hip joints, and bridge work, are separated from the cremated remains. This separation is accomplished through visual inspection as well as using a strong magnet for smaller and minute metallic objects. Items such as dental gold and silver are non-recoverable and are commingled in with the cremated remains. Remaining bone fragments are then processed in a machine to a consistent size and placed into a temporary or permanent urn, selected by the family.

What do the cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in color. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to eight pounds of cremated remains.

In what kind of container are the cremated remains returned?


The cremated remains are placed in a simple urn at no charge to you. Or they may be placed in the urn of your choice from our large selection of urns available for purchase.

Are all the cremated remains returned?

With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

There are many options. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered on private property. Our staff will be happy to discuss these options with you.

Concerns About Dallas Cremation

Are there any laws governing cremation?

Cremation regulations vary from state-to-state.

Can two cremations be performed at once?

Never. Not only is it illegal to do so, most modern cremation chambers are not of sufficient size to accommodate more than one adult. Thus it would be a practical impossibility to conduct multiple cremations simultaneously.

Can the family witness the Dallas cremation?

Yes, for a nominal fee. Our state-of-the-art cremation facility is set up to allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. In fact, some religious groups include this as part of their funeral custom.

How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?

We have developed the most rigorous set of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize our level of quality and minimize the potential for human error. Positive identification of the deceased is assured throughout each stage of the cremation process. We only allow certified professionals to operate our cremation equipment.

Questions About Urns, Caskets Embalming

Do I need an urn?

An urn is not required by law. However, a simple urn is included in your package and other options are available. An urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or the cremated remains are to be interred in a cemetery.

IS A CASKET NEEDED FOR CREMATIONS IN FORT WORTH & DALLAS?

No, a casket is not required for cremation. All that is required by state law is a rigid container which is cremated with the body.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

Absolutely not and it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.

Can the body be viewed without embalming?

Yes, immediate family members may briefly view the deceased prior to cremation in our private viewing room. The deceased is first washed and prepared for viewing.