Cremation Code of Ethics
People generally understand what the term cremation means. When we are asked for a detailed definition, however, we tend to hesitate while searching for appropriate words.
People generally understand what the term cremation means. When we are asked for a detailed definition, however, we tend to hesitate while searching for appropriate words. A suggested definition of cremation is the: "The mechanical and/or thermal or other dissolution process that reduces human remains to bone fragments." Cremation includes the processing and usually includes the pulverization of the bone fragments.
This definition covers a variety of technologies that may be applied in order to achieve reduction to bone fragments, including traditional flame-based cremation, calcination and alkaline hydrolysis.
Code Of Ethics
In the practice of cremation, we believe:
- In dignity and respect in the care of the deceased, in compassion for the living who survive them, and in the memorialization of life;
- That a Cremation Authority should be responsible for creating and maintaining an atmosphere of respect at all times;
- That cremation should be considered as preparation for memorialization;
- That the dead of our society should be memorialized through a commemorative means suitable to the survivors.
Connecticut Statute Concerning Cremation
- The law in our state requires that we wait 48 hours for a body to be cremated. The state also requires us to have a body viewed by the State’s Medical Examiner’s Office for cremation so a cremation permit may be issued.
- During this time, once the medical examiner has signed off on the cremation, we complete and file all the necessary paperwork to go forward with the cremation.
*Reprinted with permission from Cremation Association of North America (CANA)
Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. is a proud member of CANA.