What is cremation?
To put it simply, cremation is the process of reducing a human body down to ashes and fragments using intense heat, which could range anywhere between 1400 to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Today, modern incinerators are usually computerized and can be automatically programed for temperature adjustment.
How long does cremation take?
Typically, this could take between 2 to 3 hours.
How does cremation work exactly?
Combustion takes place in a burning chamber, also known as a crematory, fuelled by natural gas, oils, propane etc. The chamber is lined lined with a heavy duty, high density fibre brick which is specifically designed to prevent heat loss.
After preheating the chamber at a set temperature, the body is then transferred into the chamber via a mechanised door. During the incineration process, the casket is first burnt down, while the body is subsequently dried up. The body tissues, muscles, bones, hair and skin are ultimately broken down. The remains are then left to cool down before placing them in an urn for collection.
How much of remains can I expect?
An average human body is usually reduced down to between 1.3 kg to 4 kg of remains, depending on the deceased’s body mass.
How popular is cremation in Malaysia?
Popularity of cremation has grown over the past few decades due to soaring land prices, preference of individuals to utilise land resources more efficiently, and to allow more flexibility in funeral services.
Do all religions permit cremation?
No, cremation is prohibited by Muslim, Jewish and Greek Orthodox faiths.
Roman Catholics are only allowed to do so as long as the remains are not scattered and only if their choice to be cremated is not made in reflection of doubt regarding teachings of the Catholic faith concerning death, resurrection, judgment and eternity.
Do I need to purchase a casket separately?
No, you need not purchase them separately. A casket is already included in our funeral packages. Depending on your decision for the body to either be buried or cremated, we will provide you with a casket of your choice accordingly from our wide range of selections.
Why do I need a casket for cremation?
Most crematories do require that the body be enclosed in a cremation casket for ease of placement, sanitary reasons and to preserve the dignity of the deceased.
Do I need to purchase a cremation urn to place the ashes?
No, this will be provided as part of the funeral package.
Alternatively, should you like a customised urn of your desired choice of material such as jade, previous stones or crystals, contact us to inquire about this service.
How can I transport the remains?
Don’t worry, we will take care of everything. Just leave it to our professional service team to handle it.
What needs to be done prior to cremation?
Since cremation is an irreversible process, we recommend that family members remove any jewellery from the deceased such as rings, necklaces and watches should they wish to safe keep as mementoes (unless it has been decided that the jewellery be cremated together with the deceased).
Also, if the deceased is wearing a pacemaker or any other medical device, these should be removed as well because an explosion could occur when certain mechanical devices are exposed to high temperatures.
What is a columbarium?
A columbarium, often located within a memorial park, is made up of numerous niches (i.e. small compartments) where urns containing cremated remains of a loved one can be placed.
A columbarium can either be indoors or outdoors, with or without air-conditioning.