If you know that your loved one wants to be cremated, there are specific steps that you are going to need to take after your loved one has passed away in order to get their body cremated. Here are the three steps that you are going to need to take.
#1 Obtain A Death Certificate
The first thing that you need to do is get your loved one's certificate of death. The crematory needs to have this certificate in order for them to legally proceed with the cremation process.
You can get this certificate by contacting your local county health office or records office. It is a good idea to get multiple copies of your loved one's death certificate because you are going to need to use this certificate for other processes in the future as well, such as closing your loved one's bank accounts and canceling all credit cards.
When you have this certificate, present it to the funeral officials.
#2 Release The Body For Cremation
Generally, when a loved one dies in a hospital or is picked up by emergency services, their body is held either at the medical examiners officer or the hospital or county coroners office. When your loved ones body is held in one of these places, you are going to be required to fill out and complete a Release To Cremate form; the form may have a different name, but the intent behind it is the same.
IN order to complete the form, you will generally have to include such information as your loved ones date of birth as well as the time, place and cause of death. Next, you will also need to indicate if your loved one had any implants, such as a pacemaker. Finally, you will need to note if your loved on died of either a communicable or infectious disease.
Sometimes these forms ask you to determine how how any personal effects on your loved one's body, such as hearing aids, dentures and prostheses should be dealt with.
#3 Transportation Of The Body
Finally, the last thing you need to do is ensure that the body has transportation to the crematory or funeral home. It is usually provided by the crematory or funeral home once you sign an authorization to do so. However, you can also hire a private transport service instead to transport your loved ones body to the crematory.
These are the three steps that you are going to take once your loved one has passed in order to ensure that their body is cremated.