Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Cremation Definition:

The reduction of the body of a deceased human to its essential elements by incineration.

Related Terms: Funeral, Human Remains

The 14th edition of Wharton's Law Lexicon defined cremation as:

"... the disposal of a dead body by burning instead of by burial."

In the American state of California, the 2011 Health and Safety Code defines cremation as follows, at §7010:

""Cremation means the process by which the following three steps are taken: (a) The reduction of the body of a deceased human to its essential elements by incineration; (b) the repositioning or moving of the body or remains during incineration to facilitate the process; (and) (c) the processing of the remains after removal from the cremation chamber....

REFERENCES:

  • Oppe, A. S., Wharton's Law Lexicon, 14th Ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1938), page 279.

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