Cremation FAQ

We created an FAQ library to answer any questions you may have about the cremation process. If you can’t find your answer here, check out our Resource Library or call us anytime at 1-888-963-2299

General Questions

Cremation is a method of decomposition in which human remains are diminished to the form of bone fragments, in a process that is conducted through flame or heat at a crematory. In simpler terms, cremation is the process that converts a body to ashes. This process takes place at a crematory,  a special location for cremation that houses a furnace called a cremation chamber. The resulting ashes are commonly referred to as cremated remains or “cremains”.  Cremated remains are typically transferred to an urn, though there are several options available for distribution or preservation of cremains, including memorial jewelry, keepsake stones, or scattering of ashes in meaningful places.). Most often cremated remains weigh between 4 to 8 pounds, depending on the size of the deceased and their skeletal foundation.

There are many reasons why someone might choose cremation as an option, including for religious, economic, and environmental motives. While it’s a personal choice, whether it’s for you or for someone else, it’s important to learn what you can about it before making the decision.

There are three main types of cremation: direct cremation, cremation with a traditional service, and cremation with a memorial service.

Discover more about our cremation services

Opal Cremation specializes in direct cremation. Direct cremation is a simple cremation solution that you can arrange online or over the phone. Once arranged, your loved one’s remains will be sent directly to you. Funeral and memorial services are not included, therefore, families are able to hold personalized remembrance services at a time and place of their choosing.

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We partner with professionals with over 100+ years of experience in the industry and we have a secure identification process to ensure nothing gets lost or misplaced. Additionally, Most modern cremation chambers are not of proper size to house more than one adult. We value how sacred the-end-of life process is and would never cut corners.

Rather than overwhelm families with excessive services and products, we offer all-inclusive services that include everything they will need to respectfully honor their loved one. With Opal, all communication is done either online or over the phone, eliminating the need to handle any processes in person.

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Opal Cremation is proud to serve all of Southern California and cities in the following counties: Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Diego County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Santa Barbara County.

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