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What is cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone particles and ash through the application of direct flame and intense heat.

Can I have a service with cremation?

For those desiring cremation, you actually have more options and flexibility when it comes to service offerings.  Everything is available from a traditional ceremony followed by cremation and then burial to a memorial service after the cremation has occurred.  Furthermore, since we are not restricted by the operating hours of the cemetery, you have the flexibility to schedule your ceremonies for day or night.  Affordable Cremation Solutions is a "direct cremation establishment."  We do not conduct services.

Is embalming required?

No.  Florida law does require that the body be embalmed or held in refrigeration following 24 hours after death.  We do require embalming if you elect to have a public ceremony with an open casket.

Is a casket necessary for cremation?

Florida law does require that the body be held in a rigid, leak-proof container for dignified storage, transfer and handling.  Today, we have a variety of cremation containers and caskets that are very economical and manufactured specifically for cremation.   Please speak with a member of our staff for further details.

Can I be cremated if I am Catholic?

Prohibited prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church has permitted cremation as a means of disposition since the mid-1960's, though not the preferred method.  Our St. Petersburg Diocese now permits the cremated remains to be taken to the church for the memorial mass.  We would be glad to provide you with a copy of the Diocese's guidelines for cremation.

What are the legal requirements for cremation in Florida?

There are three basic legal requirements which must be met before a cremation can be performed in Florida.  First, at least 48 hours must elapse between the time of death and the time of the cremation.  Second, a legally authorized individual must give permission for the cremation in writing.  Third, our medical examiner must give approval for the cremation, which requires a completed death certificate for review.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

Your options are many.  The cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery, placed in a columbarium niche, kept at home, scattered on private property or at least 3 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, buried in a underwater reef, transformed into a cultured diamond, or launched into outer space.  Our staff can assist you in exploring your many and unique options.

How long does the cremation process take?

It depends on the size of the individual and the type of cremation container or casket. Typically, the process takes 2 to 3 hours at a normal operating temperature of 1600 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

What happens following the cremation process?

Following the actual cremation, all bone particles and other materials are retrieved from the cremation equipment by sweeping them into a stainless steel collection pan for cooling.  Once cooled, all metal materials, including metal casket parts, hip joints, & bridgework, are removed by both visual inspection and use of a strong magnet.  The remaining bone particles and ash are then reduced into a small, consistent size and placed into the selected urn.

What do cremated remains look like?

Cremated remains resemble coarse beach sand and are typically light gray in color.  The cremated remains of an average size adult would weigh between 5 to 8 pounds and usually take up 200 cubic inches or less in volume.  Except for some minuscule amounts of cremated remains which cannot practically be removed from the cremation equipment, all cremated remains are placed in the selected urn.

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