Funeral Worker Reveals Exactly What's Left Behind after a Cremation

A funeral worker has shared an insight into her industry—including what's left over after a cremation.

Jordan, from Tuscan, Arizona, has been sharing videos online under what she's dubbed "mortuary TkTok."

She revealed what it's like to work in a funeral parlour, including the forms to be filled in, the equipment used for embalming, where clothes are stored and what make-up is used.

Her videos have been watched millions of times, as she stressed: "This is in no way to show any disrespect. This is the cremation process that funeral homes perform. This is for informational purposes."

One of her most popular clips showed the crematory room, as she confirmed: "The family can request to see them placed in it. We ensure every particle is cleaned out before and after each cremation.

"We keep ours really hot, usually anywhere from 1,400 to 1,600 degrees as you can see. This is the hydraulic lift we use to help place the deceased into the crematory, they can be heavy. After that we grind up the bone into ash, and here are some particles that are left over from medical procedures."


*Caution* As requested, our medical waste bin. I am not a medical professional and I do not know what parts these came from. #mortuary #cremation

♬ original sound - Jordan 💕🤍

Jordan filmed a blue container filled with metal, as she said: "As requested, our medical waste bin. I am not a medical professional and I do not know what parts these came from."

She shared a few pieces in the video, uploaded late last month, as she speculated they were a "titanium rod," a "hip replacement," "lumbar screws," and "ball joints."

Her insights have been met with fascination online, as TikToker Abi said: "Oh my goodness this is something I have never thought about being an issue during cremation."

And User210278 shared: "I completely forgot I had a plate in my wrist until this video. Kinda weird to think that it would be left behind if I'm cremated. Idk why it's weird."

Similarly, EziToad commented: "So that's where the rod & screws will end up after I die, interesting."

While Tina Meissner wrote: "Wow, I never even thought about this before now, thanks for sharing."

Jordan also confirmed family members are allowed to request for these items back after cremation, if they wish.

"Pacemakers are the only devices removed as they can heavily damage the crematory," she added.

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) confirmed surgical metal is a common occurrence in the industry.

Their website said: "Additionally, there may be pieces of metal in the cremated remains – this metal may come from surgical implants like hip replacements, dental fillings, casket handles, or jewelry that was not removed prior to cremation. The metal is separated from the cremated remains before they are processed (pulverized). The metal is typically recycled."

Jordan confirmed the pieces are later sent to a company which "melts down the metal."

In other videos Jordan revealed a typical work day involves heading down to the health department to pick up death certificates, and going to the post office to collect flags for veterans.

"A day in the life of a funeral home employee," she captioned the video.

Jordan also gave followers a tour of the funeral home, saying: "What my mortuary looks like. Here is a tour of the funeral home. Private room where families can view loved ones. They will be in a casket. Meeting rooms where we discuss arrangements with families. We have a variety of urns. They can be customized."

Newsweek reached out to Jordan for comment.

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Stock image of a coffin in a morgue with a flower arrangement. A funeral worker has shared an insight into her industry, including the crematorium. RobertHoetink/Getty Images