The cremation process takes place inside a cremation chamber constructed to withstand intense heat and flame, reaching temperatures as high as 1800° Fahrenheit (1000° Centigrade).
The inside of the chamber is lined on both sides with a heavy refractory brick or tile, while the floor and ceiling ressts are made of concrete.
There is no such requirement in Newfoundland and Labrador.Due to nature of the cremation process, any personal possessions or valuable materials such as jewellery which are not removed prior to cremation will be destroyed or, if not destroyed, disposed of by the crematory in a non-recoverable manner.Following the cooling period, the remains are swept or raked from the cremation chamber.Once separated from any non-combustible materials, the bone fragments may be further reduced by mechanical means to uniform particles for placement in an urn or similar sturdy container.It can be a building that serves this one function or part of a multi-purpose facility such as a funeral home or chapel.
Modern fireproofing, noise barriers and environmental protection devices are built into the chambers to ensure problem-free operations within any area.
Recently concern has been raised over the potential exposure that funeral home and crematory personnel may encounter with decedents who have been treated with nuclear medicines or received brachytherapy treatment.
This treatment involves the implantation of radioactive seeds.
Confirmation of whether the deceased died of an infectious or contagious disease is also information needed by the funeral director to ensure the necessary precautions are taken.
Without definitive knowledge of the deceased’s medical history, the funeral director is unable to proceed with cremation.
The floor, which is approximately 6 inches thick, is supported by a heavy metal plate, and the ceiling resets on the sidewalls.