Understanding The Cremation Process

January 25, 2016 by Miller Funeral & Cremation Services Staff  


End of life planning can be intimidating. This is especially true when we are grieving or preparing for the loss of life, whether it be our own or that of a loved one. The questions we have may seem tough to work through, particularly when it comes to often misunderstood arrangements like the cremation process.

Although cremation is becoming one of the more popular choices for end of life arrangements, there is still a lot of confusion about the process itself and the manner in which families can adhere to tradition while opting for this ecological, financially viable option.

This in mind, we at Miller Funeral & Cremation Services would like to provide answers to common cremation questions.


FAQ About The Cremation Process

What is cremation and how much time must pass before the cremation takes place?

Cremation uses intense heat to reduce the body to its basic elements, (skeletal remains or bone fragments) and takes between 3-4 hours to complete. When the remains are fully processed, they often appear as white-gray ashes and bone fragments and will weigh between 3-7 pounds.

After death, cremation typically takes place within 2 days and after the death certificate has been issued. Of course, the input and arrangements of the family will determine how much time between death and cremation is needed.

In the state of Texas, for example, there is a mandatory 48 hour waiting period, along with the requirement that a doctor both certify the death certificate and sign a consent for the cremation to occur.


How will I know that the process will be respectful and inclusive of the family’s wishes?

At Miller Funeral & Cremation Services, we uphold the highest standards of care and reverence, and abide by strict crematory guidelines. And, we have, in fact, set our own 8 Step Peace of Mind Cremation Identification Process, which we are happy to discuss with you.

Only one body is cremated at a time and family members or loved ones can make arrangements to witness the beginning of the cremation, as well as hold a formal memorial or funeral ceremony in our adjacent service facility.


Where will my loved one’s body be kept prior to cremation?

Each individual within our care remains in a climate controlled environment until the death certificate has been signed and approval for cremation has been given.

Because we manage all aspects of end of life needs, from how the body will be returned to its natural state to memorial service, the body of the departed remains under our highest quality of care and handling.


How does a cremation funeral service differ from a natural burial funeral service?

Cremation does not preclude any aspect of a traditional memorial service. Arrangements can be tailored to suit the traditions, cultural sensitivities, and preferences of the individual making pre-arrangements or the family.

Although, no casket is required, many families choose to hold some form of cremation memorial service that best reflects the departed loved one. Some families want to proceed with a church- or on-site memorial service, while others may wish to acquire the cremains and conduct a private ceremony.

Your friends at Miller Funeral & Cremation Services strive to provide the peace of mind, assurance, and compassion needed to navigate questions about cremation and ceremony options. We are here to support you during this difficult time and help create the end of life arrangements that truly reflect the unique life of the departed loved one.


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