Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I learned something today

Tumors don't burn up in the cremation process.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's so weird. Makes me think of my mom who recently passed away after finding out her cancer was back and was given 1 to 6 weeks to live. She made it 5 weeks. As I sat with her daily (she lived with us)you could literally see growth change as it protruded from her abdomen. She was cremated, and I did have to open her box to place a few items in it before her memorial. Now it makes me wonder if there was a huge tumor hiding in all those ashes. Strange to ask...did you take it out and discard it before giving the remains to the family?

Doll Face said...

Well, I suppose it depends on the size of the tumor. Large ones (the size of a golf ball or so, most likely even smaller) can't stay with the rest of the cremated remains because they would cause problems should the remains be scattered. See, it is a big deal that they be uniform, which is why the remains need to be processed after cremation, so that when they are scattered it isn't possible to identify anything as human remains. bones that remain after cremation are pulverized, but the tumors are not able to be processed, so yes, they are disposed of in a bio hazard container.

Anonymous said...

ok, that makes sense. My brother passed away suddenly 3 months before my mom and we spread his ashes out over water and the ashes were very fine. I guess I was just naive to think the cremation makes the ashes how they are when given to the loved ones. And I doubt they would have left such a large tumor in her remains after your explanation. Thank you.

I have several questions that might seem morbid to others but with having to deal with 2 deaths in 3 months that were shocking, hard as hell and heartbreaking I have just become more curious. Well, part of me wants to know but then part of me doesn't, on the process.

Here goes question a question...

how many hours does it take to reach "full rigor"?

melaniet42 said...

Really? I had no idea! That's totally interesting - thanks for sharing that bit of info!!

Anonymous said...

Rigor Mortis sets in approximately 24 hours after the person dies. It also normally leaves the body about 72 hours after death. "Exception to the rule" in traumatic deaths, Rigor can set in almost immediately.