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CREMATION INFORMATION

Mississippi law allows a person to authorize his or her own cremation, provided such authorization is written and signed either before a Notary Public or Court Order. Otherwise, the spouse, if the deceased was married, or if the deceased was not married, all next-of-kin, must authorize the cremation.

Unless the body is embalmed, the remains must be refrigerated no later than 30 hours after death until cremation takes place.

When delivered to the crematory, a body must be in a rigid container, which can be a casket or an alternative container. This casket or alternative container will be consumed during the cremation process.

Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using extreme heat (1600 to 2000 degrees F) and evaporation. The cremated remains are reduced to an unidentifiable consistency, about the texture of coarse sand, through a process called pulverization, and usually weighs between 6 and 8 pounds. Cremated remains, or cremains, are then placed into an urn, usually about the size of a shoebox.

Final disposition of cremated remains may include just about anything the family selects, including:

  • Burial in a cemetery
  • Keeping them at home, perhaps until final disposition with another future cremation
  • A niche at a columbarium (a portion of a cemetery designated for above-ground interment of cremated remains)
  • Scattering, although this should be considered carefully, as a place of memorialization may be lost
  • Divided, with a portion scattered, a portion buried, and other portions divided among family members
  • Or any combination

 

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