Top 6 Frequently Asked Questions About Cremation

Creamation Has Many Different Forms Around The World

Cremation is scary to some; while to others, it is a normal method of dealing with a lifeless body, just like burying. It has been criticized and questioned for years, but if anything else, more people are becoming aware of its benefits. This includes lower funeral costs, less complications and preparation, portable urns and etc. You might have some questions of your own about this type of send-off and that is probably why you are reading this article. Below are some questions (that might include yours), which people would like answers to about cremation:

Question 1 – Is cremation a religious practice?


No. Cremation started many years ago and although the Muslim culture has always practiced it, it is not religious. Some religions such as Judaism and Islam prohibit cremation. Before, the Christian community was not used to it, but nowadays, it allows it.

Question 2 – How is cremating viewed as environmental friendly?

This is one of the most frequent questions and it normally highlights on people who have any medical adjustments done. First, the heat in the cremation chambers is so intense that nothing can be left living or active.

Secondly, if the deceased had medical procedures which involved implants, radio-active materials or a pacemaker, then the funeral home ensure all those materials are removed before the body is sent to the crematorium chambers. Such materials contribute to environmental pollution, not to mention a health hazard to the cremators.

Question 3 – What is left after the cremation? Is it all in the urn?

With the extreme heat temperatures in the crematory chambers, all the flesh and most of the bones are burned to ashes. Left bones are further crushed to blend with the ash and the only part of the body that may not be put in the urn is probably the particles stuck on the machines.

The remains are not like the normal grey-looking ash; it is whitish in color and looks a lot like course sand (probably due to the crushed bones), which is not most people expect. Another point on what is included in the ash is the body is usually cremated in the casket just as it would have been buried.

Question 4 – Do I need a casket?

Yes and no. It depends on how you want direct cremation or not? Direct cremation basically means cremating the body, then having the service afterwards with the urn representing the casket. Urns come with regulations, which you may be shocked to hear of. For instance, in some states the remains should be covered when being transported and should be kept in good-quality urns.

On the other hand, you also have another option of cremating after the burial service, when everyone who never got a chance to view the body can view it before cremating it. It is somehow cheaper since you rent the casket instead of buying it.

Question 5 – Is cremation more expensive than burials?

No. In fact, it estimated that a normal burial costs 6 times more than an average cremation service! Do the math; traditional burials are much costly. In addition, it does not involve additional services, which make the total costs to be high.

Question 6 – Can I arrange for my cremation?

Yes you can! It is actually advisable to do so in advance since your death might come anytime. This saves your family from making rushed decisions as they mourn your death. There are many services offered by the cemetery, which you and your family can learn more about. Everyone gets to choose what he or she would like and also arrange for their own memorialization.

Some final parting words…

After the cremation, it is likely that you will choose to place the urns in the columbarium. These are spaces enclosed by fonts with ornaments and have details such as dates and names on them. Another idea is to simply keep them in your home. You can choose to place them in the living room or bedroom; wherever you would like in honor of him or her.

Later on, you can always look for a permanent location. Visiting relevant service providers will give you enough knowledge on cremation and it also gives you a chance to plan for it financially; there is nothing worse than leaving financial burdens to your mourning family members, especially when you had all the time to prepare for it. It might sound creepy and absurd, but it is worth it in the long run!

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The author of this post is Ben King, an employee at Abbey Cremation, providers of affordable cremation in CT. Ben loves reading comics and playing tennis on weekends.

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