One of the most common misconceptions about cremation is that it doesn’t involve a funeral. This is also the reason why many people believe that cremation is an impersonal method of grieving for a loved one. They think that cremation forgoes the important aspects of honoring a deceased such as the wake, memorial service, and final disposition. This is not true and in fact, cremation can include everything that happens in a traditional funeral except for the tedious step of burying the body underground.
The Cremation Process
1. Why choose cremation?
The first step in cremation is deciding why you want to do it. There are many practical, philosophical, and religious reasons why people choose cremation. The most common is the low cost. A cremation can cut costs in half. It eliminates the need for embalming chemicals – which by the way are harmful to the environment, expensive metal caskets, and cemetery costs. More and more people nowadays choose cremation because they believe it is a simpler yet more significant way to lay their bodies to rest.
2. Making arrangements with the crematory services provider
A lot of funeral homes accept pre-arrangements. If you’ve already decided that you want your body to be cremated, the staff at the crematory will go over everything you need to know with you. In the event of your death, you will pass on in peace knowing that your wishes will be carried out. The same goes if a family is the one who decides to cremate the remains of their loved one. The understanding staff at Gentry Griffey will do their best in relieving you of your pain and making the cremation arrangements for you.
3. Deciding on a funeral service
People who choose cremation for their loved one can choose how they want to honor his/her memory. They can have a traditional service which involves a wake where friends and family can reflect in a room with the deceased’s remains. It is important to decide whether you want the remains to be cremated at this point or whether you want to temporarily put the body in a less expensive casket made of lighter materials.
It is up to you whether you want people to grieve over a casket or an urn containing the ashes. After the wake, you can also hold a memorial service where everybody can share stories and commemorate the deceased. Again, it is up to you whether you want the body, ashes, or simply a picture present.
4. The cremation
Funeral ParlorsOnce you give the go signal for the body to be cremated, it will be brought to a crematory. To give you an idea of the cremation process, the body will be placed inside a temporary combustible container. This will be then be placed inside a chamber and incinerated at temperatures between 1600-1800 degrees Fahrenheit from one to three hours depending on the height and weight of the individual.
After incineration, what will be left are small fragmented bones. A magnet is passed through the remains to remove any metals such as screws from the casket, jewelry, tooth fillings, metal plates, etc. The fragmented bones are crushed into sand-like particles that are greyish white in color. The ashes are placed in a temporary container or an urn if the family has already chosen one. The urn or container is handed to a designated family member.
5. After cremation process
Once the family is in possession of the urn, there are many ways they can go about the final disposition. Some choose to simply place the urn in a mantelpiece in their living room. The most popular practice is to scatter the ashes in a location that is significant or memorable to the deceased or the family.
Some people choose to bury the urn alongside other deceased family members so they can be together in one grave. Nowadays, you can even have the ashes planted into a tree or buried in a memorial reef deep beneath the ocean. You might have to check with your local authorities is these are allowed in your locality. Some places and religions might have restrictions on what to do with the cremated remains. Whatever you choose to do with the ashes of your departed loved ones, it make sure that it is something that will be meaningful.