How Cremation Works

Lots More Information

Related HowStuffWorks Articles

More Great Links


  • Butt, Riazat. "Hindu seeks court ruling on open-air cremations." The Guardian. Sept. 5,
  • Chattanoogan, The. "Tri-State Crematory Lawsuit Settled for $18 Million." Sept. 14, 2008.
  • Cremation Association of North America. "2006 CANA Cremation Container, Disposition and Service Survey Final Results." August 2006. (Jan. 12, 2009)
  • Cremation Association of North America. "Final 2006 Statistics and Projections to the Year 2025; 2007 Preliminary Data." July 24, 2008. (Jan. 12, 2009)
  • Davies, Douglas J. et al. "Encyclopedia of Cremation." Ashgate Publishing, 2005.
  • Ellenberg, William. Owner and director of Metro Embalming and Cremation in Conyers, Ga. In-person interview. Dec. 17, 2008.
  • Goetting, Marsha A., and Claire DelGuerra. "Cremation: history, process and regulations." The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues 8(1). 2003. (Dec. 22, 2008)
  • Harris, Mark. "Grave matters: A journey through the modern funeral industry to a natural way of burial." Scribner. 2007.
  • Hart, Ariel. "Georgia Crematory Manager Pleads Guilty and Gives Apology." The New York Times. Nov. 20, 2004. (Dec. 18, 2008)
  • Hoffman, Lisa. "Booming cremation industry attracts unscrupulous operators." Columbus Dispatch. (Jan. 9, 2009)
  • Karr, Al. "Crematoriums Under Close Scrutiny as States Seek Tougher Regulations." AARP Bulletin Today. July 3, 2006. (Dec. 22, 2008)
  • Krishnan, Sonia. "Thousands of Cremated Remains Go Unclaimed." Seattle Times, May 28, 2008. (Dec. 22, 2008).
  • National Funeral Directors Association. "U.S. Cremation Statistics." (Dec. 22, 2008).
  • Pope, Elayne J. et al. "Exploding skulls and other myths about how the human body burns." Fire & Arson Investigator. Page 23-28. April 2004.
  • Rimer, Sara. "Dazed by Crematory Scandal, Undertakers' Trust is Shaken." The New York Times. Feb. 21, 2002. (Dec. 22, 2008)
  • Rohrer, Finlo. "How do you want to go?" BBC News. Aug. 23, 2005. (Dec. 22, 2008)
  • Schaal, Steve. Division manager for sales and marketing, Matthews International, Cremation Division. Phone interview. Jan. 12, 2009.
  • Sullivan, Jerry. Cremation Association of North America (CANA) board member, delegate to the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. Phone interview. Dec. 15, 2008.
  • Werner, Dennis. Cremation Association of North America (CANA) board member, general manager of St. Michael's Cemetery and Crematory in New York City. Phone interview. Dec. 15, 2008.
  • Zorn, Eric. "Steve Goodman rests in little pieces at Wrigley Field. Why not other fans?" Chicago Tribune. Oct. 2, 2008. (Jan. 9, 2009)

More to Explore