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Cremation Services

Cremation Services located in the city of Santa Ana, CA. 
Serving all of Orange County and Los Angeles County.

At Navarro Funerals & Cremations we offer a variety of options to accommodate the preferences and wishes of individuals and their families.

Here are some of the different Cremation Services that are available:

Direct Cremation: This option entails the prompt cremation of the body following death (after securing the disposition permit from the local registrar), without any formal viewing or ceremony. It usually includes minimal services and is frequently chosen for its cost-effectiveness.

Traditional Cremation with Viewing: Traditional cremation with viewing involves holding a viewing for family and friends to pay their respects to the deceased before the cremation takes place. This option allows for a formal gathering where the body is present, similar to a traditional funeral service. After the viewing, the body is cremated, and the cremated remains can be kept, scattered, or buried according to the family's wishes.

Memorial Service: After the cremation, families have the option to arrange a memorial service or celebration of life event. This offers flexibility in both scheduling and venue selection, as the service can be held at a later time and in various locations.

Scattering of Ashes: Some families opt to scatter the cremated remains in a meaningful location, such as the ocean, or a scattering garden. This option can provide a sense of closure and connection to the deceased's life.

 

Witness Cremation: For families who wish to be present during the cremation process, we offer the option for a small group of family members to witness the cremation. This can provide a sense of closure and peace of mind.

ID View: An "ID viewing before cremation" involves conducting a brief identification viewing before the cremation of a deceased individual. It is an optional service designed to reassure family members about the identity of their loved one before proceeding with the cremation process.

Keepsake Options: Additionally, we provide a range of keepsake choices for cremated remains, including cremation jewelry, urns, and other memorial items. These options can be customized to honor the personality and passions of the departed individual. A popular choice among our families is a pendant featuring the fingerprints of their loved one, allowing them to keep a cherished memento close at hand. Below are some suggestions:

Finger Print Pendant
Finger Print Pendant
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CREMATION Q&A

What is cremation?

Cremation is the process of reducing a deceased body to its basic elements through the application of intense heat, typically in a specially designed furnace called a cremation chamber or retort. This process results in the transformation of the body into bone fragments and ash, which are then collected and placed in an urn or another container. Cremation is an alternative to traditional burial and is chosen for various reasons, including cultural, religious, environmental, and personal preferences.

What is the process of cremation?

The process of cremation involves several sequential steps. Initially, the deceased individual is identified, and any personal belongings are removed. Following this, the body is prepared by placing it in a suitable container, such as a casket or a cardboard box. Subsequently, the prepared body is transferred to a cremation chamber, where it is subjected to intense heat ranging from 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. This high temperature causes the body to undergo combustion, resulting in the reduction of the remains to bone fragments and ash. Once the cremation process is complete, the fragments are allowed to cool before being carefully collected. The bone fragments and ash are then processed further to achieve a fine powder consistency using a machine known as a cremulator. After processing, the cremated remains are placed in a temporary container or urn. Finally, the processed remains are returned to the family, who may choose to keep them in an urn, scatter them, or inter them in a cemetery or mausoleum. Throughout the entire process, stringent protocols are followed to ensure proper handling and respect for the deceased, while crematoriums adhere to regulations for safety and operation.

Why do people choose cremation?

People choose cremation for various reasons, including flexibility in memorialization options, cost-effectiveness compared to traditional burial, and environmental considerations due to its reduced land and resource requirements. Cremation may align with personal or religious beliefs, with many religions practicing cremation as part of their funeral rites. Additionally, cremation offers practical advantages in areas with limited cemetery space and provides mobility for transporting cremated remains. Some individuals prefer cremation for its simplicity and straightforward approach to end-of-life arrangements. Overall, the decision to choose cremation is influenced by a combination of cultural, religious, financial, and practical factors.

What are the regulations or legal requirements for cremation?

Regulations and legal requirements surrounding cremation vary depending on the jurisdiction, but several common standards are typically followed. First and foremost, permits are necessary, including a death certificate and a cremation permit issued by the local health department or registrar. Additionally, authorization from a legal next of kin or designated representative must be obtained in writing before cremation can proceed. Rigorous measures are in place to ensure the correct identification of the deceased prior to cremation, often involving unique identification tags or verification by multiple staff members. Furthermore, medical devices or implants must be removed from the body to prevent hazards during the process. Crematories must adhere to strict regulations regarding facility operation and maintenance to ensure safety and environmental compliance, including proper record-keeping of each cremation.

Can cremated remains be transported internationally?

Yes, cremated remains can be transported internationally, but it's essential to comply with the specific regulations and requirements of both the departure and destination countries. In many cases, you will need to obtain a cremation certificate or permit from the country of origin, as well as any documentation required by the destination country. A particular focus of our services at Navarro Funerals & Cremations involves meticulously handling all the necessary legal documentation, facilitating the transportation of remains weather you decide to take them via land or air travel.

Can I pre-plan my cremation arrangements?

Yes, you can pre-plan your cremation arrangements. Here at Navarro Funerals & Cremations we offer pre-planning services, allowing individuals to make arrangements in advance according to their wishes. Pre-planning allows you to specify your preferences for the cremation process, memorial services, disposition of remains, and any other details you wish to address. By pre-planning, you can ensure that your end-of-life wishes are documented and followed, alleviating the burden on your loved ones during a difficult time. Additionally, pre-planning can provide peace of mind knowing that your arrangements are in place and your wishes will be honored.

If there are any questions that have not been answered please feel free to reach out and call our office.

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