Crematorium in Longmont 

Howe Mortuary & Cremation Services are here for you, we know how hard it is to lose a loved one. We will give you info in great detail of what exactly happens to your loved one in a Crematorium. 


What happens during cremation?

Cremation is carried out with temperature's ranging between 1400 to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. These hot temperatures help reduce the body to dried bone fragments. 

This process happens in a cremation chamber, also known as a retort. The retort is pre-heated to a set point. 

During incineration the body is exposed to a column of flames produced by a furnace that is fueled by natural gas or propane.

The body is placed in a casket or container that is combustible.

The heat dries the body and the flames vaporize most soft tissue and calcifies the bones. Any gases released during the cremation go through a vent system. 

Cremations usually happen one at a time. 

After cremation the body is reduced to bone fragments. These remains also contain other objects that were part of the casket such as hinges, nails, and screws. May contain dental work, surgical screws, and implants. 

We suggest all jewelry and similar objects be taken off the body this is because they could either be destroyed completely or can damage our equipment. 

Then the bone fragments are grounded into a sand-like consistency. The machine used to do this is called a cremulator. 

Usually to cremate a body takes about 1 to 3 hours. Reducing the remains to about 3-7 pounds. The cremation remains are normally white in color. 

The remains are placed in a cremation urn and given to the relative of the deceased. 

Factors that affect Cremation:

  • percentage of body fat to lean muscle 
  • size or weight of the body
  • performance of cremation equipment
  • temperature of the chamber
  • type of container or casket in which the body is placed.  

Contact us today to speak with one our funeral planners.