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7 common questions answered about ashes

What are human ashes?

Human ashes, also known as cremated remains, are the ashes that remain after a person's body has been cremated. They are produced by the process of cremation, which involves exposing the person who has died body to high heat and reducing it to bone fragments. The bone fragments are then processed into fine particles, which are what we commonly refer to as ashes.

What do human ashes look like?

The ashes typically have a grey or white colour and a powdery texture. They are often quite fine and may feel a bit gritty or slightly abrasive to the touch. Sometimes there will be a few hard fragments mixed in, which is usually bone fragments that haven’t completely broken down during the cremation process. However, in general, human ashes have a consistent appearance and texture that is easily recognisable.

It's worth remembering that some people may find the appearance and texture of ashes to be distressing or difficult to handle emotionally. This is why at Stag Cremations we always hand deliver the ashes personally to you and only when the time is right for you as we understand the importance of taking time to process what’s happened and your emotions in your own way.

How much do human ashes weigh?

The weight of human ashes varies due to age, sex, size and weight of the person's body, as well as the efficiency of the cremation process. On average, human ashes weigh between 2 kg and 4 kg.

How long do human ashes last?

Human ashes can last indefinitely if kept in a dry, cool environment. However, if exposed to moisture or extreme temperatures, they may deteriorate over time.

Are human ashes harmful?

Human ashes are generally not harmful, as they are simply the remaining minerals and bone fragments from the body. However, it's important to take precautions when handling ashes to avoid inhalation or skin irritation.

Is it legal to scatter human ashes?

In most places, it is legal to scatter human ashes as long as it is done in a respectful manner and with the permission of the property owner.

What do people do with human ashes?

People often choose to keep human ashes in urns or other containers, scatter them in a meaningful location, or bury them in a cemetery or other location. Some people also choose to incorporate the ashes into jewellery or other keepsakes. Here at Stag Cremations we have lots of ideas and resources on our website that may help you in making your decision.

If you would like to find out more about how to care for your loved one’s ashes please do not hesitate to get in contact with us either through the website or giving us a call on our freephone number 0800 12 999 01

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