What Is Cremation and How It Works?

Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional burial. It’s a simple and dignified procedure which utilizes heat and fire to decrease a decedent to an ash-like material that could be subsequently stored in an urn, buried or scattered.

The Basics

Cremation reduces a dead person’s body to ashes and bone fragments with heat and fire. The method is done in particular cremation equipment, including a furnace and a cremulator (a piece of equipment used to reduce bones to ash-like stays). Cremated remains are a white or gray in color and resemble the feel of sand. Remains are subsequently moved to a container or an urn and contributed to the family or organized for burial.

Some families elect to disperse a loved one’s ashes in a place of special significance – it all depends on the way people decide to memorialize their loved one. Based upon the size of the decedent, the cremation process typically requires two to three hours. Typically, the family is allowed to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. Naturally, this is not compulsory and left up to the next-of-kin’s taste.

Why Cremation?

Some people choose Cremation services as an inexpensive alternative to traditional burial. Cremation also provides flexibility in arranging a memorial service or service in addition to options for how a household chooses to memorialize their loved one. The ashes can be scattered in a meaningful place, kept at a cremation urn, buried or placed in a columbarium.

Cremation is also considered an environmentally friendly method since it does not require the use of tools to construct a casket nor utilize a plot of land. Previously, some religions have discouraged cremation, but it is now an acceptable method among several denominations and in some cultures, a mainstay of the memorial procedure.

Look Up a Cremation Society

A Cremation society locally can lead you through the specifics of the cremation process and answer your questions. Unlike many funeral homes, which normally outsource the cremation process to another crematory, Cremation societies can do the cremation.

While only the fundamentals have been summarized here, prepare yourself So that you are armed with the facts. Whether you reach out to a Cremation society or a funeral director, take some time to ask questions and educate yourself about your options.