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How is a container of cremated remains lowered into a grave?

I've been to funerals where a casket was lowered into a grave using some kind of machine – what's the equivalent to this when the remains are cremated and put into a small box or urn? I imagine there's some happy medium between a giant apparatus and just dropping the box into the hole. If it makes a difference I'm interested in particular in how this is done in graves without a vault.
posted by richrad on Apr 19, 2016 - 11 answers

Crazy mortuary on the edge of town

My mom is entering her final stages of life. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Feb 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Impending pet death (probably). How do I take care of the remains?

I think I'm about to have to deal with the loss of a beloved pet cat. I am not sure how to best handle dealing with her remains. I want to keep them. Can anyone help me figure this out? [more inside]
posted by Because on Apr 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Smooth vs Chunky

Things you do not want to hear 15 minutes before your dad's memorial service: "Uh ma'am? These cremains are kind of... chunky." [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Sep 1, 2013 - 24 answers

Authorization for cremation?

Can signing an 'Authorization For Cremation' form somehow make me responsible for my deceased father's debt? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Traditional Cremation vs Resomation/Bio-cremation

Have you had experience with resomation, aka bio-cremation? The mortuary taking care of my pet's body offered me the choice of cremation methods, with a gentle push towards resomation (a chemical bath that dissolves the remains), and ... while I don't want to overthink this, I just want to know if the end results are basically the same, and if there's anything else I should consider.
posted by roger ackroyd on Feb 20, 2013 - 5 answers

sustainability after death

At present, what is the most environmentally friendly way to deal with a human body after they die? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on May 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Is observing cremation a good way to achieve closure?

My father recently had the traumatic experience of finding his brother's body. I know that the experience has been very hard for him, and he has decided to observe the cremation in order to give himself some closure. All information on the web has been uniformly to the tune of "We'll let you do it but it can be traumatic, so make sure you know what you're doing." I'm trying to advise him, and would appreciate advice from anyone who has dealt with this before.
posted by nickgb on Aug 27, 2011 - 12 answers

I don't want to leave her in the plastic shoeboxes any more

Need an urn-like thing for a horse's ashes. [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Jan 1, 2011 - 18 answers

What can I do with my dad's body?

My dad died last thursday. We're cremating his body but the final disposition of his remains is a problem for my family. Basically, we're too poor to do anything but flush him down the toilet. Help? [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Jun 22, 2010 - 39 answers

Where can my relative find a green burial in the L.A. area?

A dear relative will likely die within the next decade, and I am trying to help her plan a natural burial in L.A., but am flummoxed by California's regulations and am unsure whether it is a viable option. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Taking Care of Pop

What's the best way to take care of my father's cremation wishes? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Mar 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Where can I find a cremation pendant in/near Toronto?

Where can I find a cremation pendant in the Toronto area? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Mar 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Ashes to ashes, except when they're not

FictionFilter! I can't believe I'm asking this, but.. here goes: What could you put in an urn that would be mistaken for the ashes of a loved one? Oh god, that looks even worse now that I've actually typed it! Luckily, it's only for a story I'm writing. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Aug 13, 2009 - 36 answers

Ex chef about to be burnt to a crisp.

What can we put in the coffin of a person who is to be cremated? What will be in the ashes after cremation? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia on Aug 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Where can I find an affordable, beautiful necklace for cremation ashes?

Where can I find a beautiful but affordable piece of jewelry for cremation ashes? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Feb 26, 2009 - 7 answers

How should I dispose of my body?

What are the least wasteful and/or most productive (preferably legal) things that can be done with my body after I'm dead? [more inside]
posted by Arasithil on Nov 12, 2008 - 15 answers

Help Planning Cremation

My partner and I are doing estate planning. What's the best way to pre-arrange cremation? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo on Aug 7, 2007 - 6 answers

No smoke or smell from crematoriums?

How come there is no smoke or cooking flesh smell coming from crematoriums? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Mar 10, 2007 - 16 answers

VA funeral charges

My father-in-law who's a Korean War vet has full VA benefits. Still is there anything I need to look out for so as not to get shafted by funeral/cremation companies? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman on Oct 22, 2006 - 11 answers


Is anyone aware of any regulations regarding the transportation of the ashes of a deceased person from the US into Canada?
posted by Neiltupper on Sep 14, 2006 - 2 answers

Cat cremation - how does this work?

Petfilter: My wife and I plan to have our two (currently quite healthy) cats cremated when they die. Exactly how does one get a cat body to a cremation service, including handling delays? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster on Nov 19, 2005 - 9 answers

Cadaver disposal on the cheap.

I'm young, not religious, and I am convinced that when I'm dead, I'm dead. I don't care what happens to my remains when I eventually die, but I'm wondering: what's the cheapest, legal way to dispose of my body? I live in Chicago, and from my research, even to donate my body to science or to have it cremated would cost over a grand. Any other options? I just don't want to be a burden to my survivors.
posted by andshewas on Aug 11, 2005 - 26 answers

What can I have done to my body after I die besides burial or cremation?

When we die we are typically buried or burned. But it doesnt have to be that way I have heard about cryogenics, mummification, blasting into space. Where can I learn about the alternative options available for transition? (not me anytime soon).
posted by stbalbach on Jul 13, 2004 - 12 answers

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