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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the cremation process and the care given to your loved one.

How can I be assured that I am receiving the cremated remains of my loved one?

Broder Cremation Services, Inc. takes pride in treating each decedent carefully and with the utmost dignity. The entire medical and funeral industry makes certain that professional care is given to your loved one at the time of death and at each step afterward. From the time death occurs, your loved one is properly identified in a careful manner by industry professionals. Through a strategic paperwork process and a system of checking and cross-checking, your loved one is identified at all times. Upon arrival at our Crematory, the identity of a decedent is once again checked and cross-checked, at which time a metal identification tag is issued to further guard against any errors regarding the identity of the cremated remains (cremains).

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Is more than one cremation done at a time?

No. At our Crematory, only one decedent is cremated at a time.

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Is the deceased person cremated in their clothing?

The decedent is cremated in the clothing that they are wearing upon arrival to our Crematory.

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Can family members witness the cremation?

Yes, we allow family members to be present when the body is placed into the cremation chamber. Please speak with your Funeral Director if this is an option that you are interested in.

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What do the cremated remains look like?

The cremated remains (cremains) look like a fine powder. The color can be white, gray, tan or black with some white looking sand particles mixed in, depending upon the type of container that the decedent is cremated in. If a decedent is cremated in a wooden casket, the cremains will look different than the cremains of an individual who is not.

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What happens to medical devices such as pacemakers and hip implants?

Pacemakers and many other medical devices are explosive when subjected to high temperatures. For this reason, any potentially explosive medical device is carefully and gently removed prior to cremation. Metal parts, such as hip implants, which do not present any dangerous condition when subjected to high temperatures, are cremated with the decedent and removed from the cremains after the cremation process.

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Is there any smoke or odor from the cremation process?

No. Our units weigh approximately 24,000 and 32,000 pounds each. They are fueled by natural gas and are monitored and regulated by a, "Fully Automatic Control Sequence" to ensure smoke-free and odorless operation, to comply strictly with the highest air quality standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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