The Basics of Cremation

A lot of people are beginning to prefer cremating their loved ones over burying them in the traditional manner. Why do they choose to cremate their dearly departed instead of burying them? Some of these factors include philosophical reasons, environmental issues, financial concerns, and because they feel that cremation offers little complication to the family. Cremating instead of burial is a personal choice, which should be done after family consultations and consideration of options.

Why cremate instead of bury? Cremation may be becoming more popular nowadays, but there are still a lot of people that are ambivalent about this procedure. Some family members may not be comfortable with the procedure and other family members may resist it for various personal reasons. Death is a disturbing thought and cremation may be perceived as an uninvolved and cold procedure. This process must be considered even before the person has passed away.

CremationFor people wanting to do away with the “hassle” of funeral services, direct cremation is one option that funeral homes offer. In this direct procedure, there are no funeral services. Instead, family members are supported and comforted throughout the grieving process. One should consider friends and family and the need to go through the grieving process before such a decision is made.

While cremated remains are put in an urn, which, in turn, is placed in a particular portion of a family member’s home or in a crematorium, there are also some families that prefer that the remains of the departed to be scattered. This can be an environmental or personal concern. Emptying an urn that contains the loved one’s remains may be traumatic for some. One should consider family members’ feelings in the decision of whether or not to scatter the remains of the dearly departed.

Another factor in considering cremating over burying is to know that crematories/funeral homes are run by people who have utmost respect for the dead. For dignity and safety purposes, it is a necessity to cremate the dead body in a sturdy container like a casket or any other cremating-friendly container.

One cannot just cremate loved ones without the proper permits. From one state to another, there are various restrictions – even from cemetery to cemetery. The requirements – dependent on the chosen final resting place – can include an urn vault, an urn, and other necessary articles. Making the right choice can help the family go through the process. There are also many states that require families to satisfy the respective state’s federal clean air regulations.

During the cremating procedure, one should make sure that personal items have been removed from the deceased at the crematorium. These personal items must then be returned to the executor or the family member unless instructed otherwise. The family should also be aware of mementos and valuables put together with the loved one. Crematoria and funeral homes are well equipped to facilitate any cremating process. The staff members oversee each step of the process. There are some crematoria that have viewing rooms, wherein family members are encouraged to be present before the cremating procedure.

Over the past decades, the interest in cremation as a way to “keep” the dead has risen. There are many options for those who cremating and there is no need to alter or limit the kind of funeral arrangement selected because one has chosen to cremate instead of bury loved ones. Cremating the dead is perfect for individuals or families who want to keep memorial services simple and uncomplicated. This way, one’s beloved is kept close to home and to heart. This is because the remains may not be kept in a cemetery. The remains can be put in a loved one’s home.