How Long It Takes to Get Cremated Remains Back

Posted July 11, 2022

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You and your family might be under the impression that you’ll be able to get a loved one’s cremated remains back right after their cremation services in Largo, FL are complete. But more often than not, this isn’t going to be the case. You might have to wait for a week or more before you can get your hands on your loved one’s remains. There are several different reasons for this. Here are the steps a funeral home will have to take before releasing your loved one’s remains to you.

Your loved one’s remains will need to be processed.

Right after your loved one’s Largo, FL cremation is finished, a crematory will collect your loved one’s remains from their cremation chamber. From there, they will work hard to process these remains for your family. The remains will contain things like bone fragments and even tiny pieces of metal right after a cremation. A crematory will remove these pieces of metal and grind the bone fragments down so that they’re small and all uniform in size.

Paperwork related to your loved one’s cremation will need to be filled out.

This probably won’t come as a huge surprise to most people, but there is a lot of paperwork associated with the entire cremation process. There will be so many forms that both you and the funeral home will need to fill out throughout the process. A funeral home will also have to complete many forms at the end of your loved one’s cremation. And until these forms are filled out, they won’t be able to provide you with your loved one’s remains. It’s another reason why you might be forced to wait a little while for your loved one’s remains.

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A funeral home will need to obtain an urn for your loved one’s remains.

A funeral home is going to need to put your loved one’s remains into something before giving them back to you. Oftentimes, they’re going to place them into an urn for you. But they aren’t going to be able to do this quickly if you take forever to get an urn to them. It’s why you should make it your mission to track down an urn for your loved one’s remains as early on in the cremation planning process as you can. It’ll help you avoid any delays that might come along with a funeral home not having easy access to an urn for your loved one.

You will have to arrange to pick up your loved one’s remains.

After a funeral home is done doing everything else that we’ve talked about here, then and only then can they provide you with your loved one’s remains. But in order to do this, they will need to arrange for you to pick them up. You and your funeral home will have to coordinate a time that works for both of you. In some cases, this isn’t going to affect your timeline for getting the remains back at all. But if you’re especially busy right after a loved one’s cremation, it could take a minor toll on your ability to get them back.

At our funeral home, we aim to get cremated remains back to families as soon as possible after we’re done carrying out Largo, FL cremations. Contact us today to see how we can assist your family in conducting cremation services for a loved one. We can lend a hand to both military and non-military families.

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