Picking the appropriate funeral ceremony for your deceased loved ones can help you cope better with your loss.
Underground burial is still the most used method of interment. But other methods are starting to gain traction as well. For example, holding a cremation ceremony has seen an upsurge in use in Canada and other places in recent times.
What makes cremation unique as a means of disposing of the body? What are the benefits of cremation over underground burial? How does one plan a cremation ceremony?
These are the questions we will try to answer in the rest of this article. This information will help you decide if cremation is the right choice for a funeral you’re organizing.
Cremation is a funeral practice dating back to ancient times.
It is the process of incinerating the body of the deceased at high temperatures. After several hours of intense heat, the body is reduced to ashes and tiny bone fragments. These remains are then placed in a temporary urn, and it is up to the family to decide what to do with them.
Because cremation is only the method for disposing of the body, you can use it in conjunction with different kinds of funeral rites.
You can hold a traditional funeral service with an open casket, after which the body is cremated. This gives mourners the opportunity to pay their respects while forgoing a conventional burial.
You can also cremate the body first, and have the ashes present at the service. Here you can opt to bury the ashes in a gravesite, scatter them as part of the service, or inter them in an urn and take them home.
Finally, you can have a cremation without a funeral ceremony. The ashes will be returned to you after the cremation, so you can do with them as you see fit.
The rising popularity of cremation has to do with the advantages it has over other types of funeral.
Here is a list of the most prominent advantages, arranged in no particular order:
It is more affordable. A burial ceremony costs far less than conventional burial. You won’t have to buy a casket, a cemetery plot, or a headstone.
It is easier to organize. If you choose to cremate the body before the funeral, you will have more time to plan the occasion since the ashes won’t decompose.
The impact on the environment is reduced. Conventional cemeteries take up more and more land as they grow. Cremation, on the other hand, puts a cap on their growth.
It is compatible with different burial rites. A cremation ceremony can take many forms, making it easier to find one that works for you. You can scatter the ashes, bury them, keep them around, or even turn them into diamonds.
Now that you know what a cremation ceremony involves, we can talk a bit more about the practical details of the process.
This knowledge will come in handy once you start planning the ceremony.
The most important aspect of planning a cremation ceremony is finding a cremation provider.
To find a cremation provider, following these steps:
Search online for funeral parlors in your local area. Google My Business is your friend here. Be sure to check out the ratings and reviews, to get a general sense of how people feel about the service.
Ask friends and relatives for advice. Chances are good that someone you know has organized or attended a cremation ceremony in the past. If they’re experienced, you can also ask them to help you organize the ceremony.
Fact-check with the local government. Each state has a government office that is tasked with issuing licenses to cremation providers. Visit their website, or visit them in person, to learn about crematoriums in your area, or to verify the ones you’ve found.
Once you’ve found a potential cremation provider, you should visit their parlor in-person to inquire about the specifics.
Here are some talking points you should keep in mind:
You should always decide what to do with the ashes once the cremation process is over.
Cremation offers a lot of flexibility in terms of the ceremony. Some of the available options include:
Scattering the ashes. One of the most common ceremonies. You scatter the ashes at a meaningful location, such as a place the deceased person loved, or somewhere in nature like a forest or river.
Burying the ashes. Another popular cremation ceremony. It resembles a conventional funeral in all respects, except there is no need to carry a casket to the site.
Plant the ashes. A less conventional choice. Some people like to mix the ashes with soil in a pot and grow a plant.
Turn the ashes into diamonds. Another unconventional choice. If you have money to spare, you can opt to turn the ashes into diamonds, which you can carry around as a memento.
The loss of a loved one is tough on every person, no matter how tough.
You are tasked with handling a difficult ceremony while trying to cope with your sorrow at the same time, so the whole affair becomes even more painful and frustrating. But things don’t have to be this way.
If you decide to hold a cremation ceremony instead of a burial, you will save yourself a lot of needless grief. You will have to do less planning and spend less money overall while having more options in terms of rites and location.
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