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Cremation Terms and Definitions

Highland Hills commits to be transparent, open and honest when it comes to your funeral and memorial services. 

We've compiled this list of cremation terms and definitions to help you plan a meaningful service, and to help you understand the cremation process. 

These are some of the terms- and their definitions- we use to describe the cremation process. 

CREMATION – the irreversible process of reducing human remains to bone fragments through extreme heat and evaporation.  Cremation is becoming a more and more popular choice for families and individuals.  About 25% of Nashville families are choosing cremation. 

CREMATED REMAINS or 'CREMAINS' – the bone fragments remaining after the cremation process.  (Technically, these fragments are not “ashes," but we'll let you call them ashes if you like.)

CREMATORY -the facility that houses the cremation chamber.  Highland Hills Funeral Home and Crematory is one of the only funeral homes in Nashville that operates their own cremation facility.  

CREMATION CHAMBER – the mechanical device used to perform the actual cremation process.  Highland Hills operates a state of the art cremation chamber to ensure that our client families are completely satisfied. 

CREMATION CONTAINER – the container required to transport the human remains to the crematory. It could be the casket used at the funeral or a special rigid, leak resistant, combustible box designed for cremation. The cremation container will be destroyed during the cremation process.

FINAL DISPOSITION – the final resting please of the cremated remains.  Your options for final disposition are limitless, and a cremation consultant can discuss your options with you here at Highland Hills. 

HUMAN REMAINS – the body of the deceased.

INURNMENT – (1) placing the cremated remains in an urn or other container in preparation for final disposition; (2) placing the urn/container in its final resting place.

PULVERIZATION PROCESS – the reduction of the cremated remains to an unidentifiable consistency to facilitate inurnment and/or to make the cremated remains acceptable for scattering. Depending on the pulverization device used, very small bone fragments may or may not remain after processing.