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What Happens to Metal Implants after Cremation?

Chances are, if you or someone you know has a metal implant from a surgery such as a hip or knee replacement, you probably have never thought about what would happen to that implant upon cremation.

Even with temperatures in excess of 1600°F during the cremation process, metal implants withstand the heat.  At our facilities, these parts are placed aside and given to a metal recycling company that will then melt the parts down to be recycled.

For these metal implants, we receive a nominal fee, which we in turn donate back to the community by providing cremations to the poor.

Do you have a question pertaining to cremation, funerals or death that you’d like to ask?  We always welcome your questions. Please comment below, or email josee@phaneuf.net to submit a question.

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