Beginner’s Guide to Cremation

The passing of a beloved can be difficult for the people left behind. Family members hold the burden of deciding whether to do a funeral or a cremation, and the decision-making process can be a daunting task. Many people refuse the idea of burning the remains for many reasons but ultimately, unfamiliarity is the root cause. We at http://www.gentrygriffey.com would like to share our knowledge and expertise particularly to first timers so that we can help you feel at ease with your resolution.

The Cremation Process

1. Pre-Incineration

Prior to the handling of the remains, all permits and documentation should be managed. The procedure should have been discussed with all the concerned family members and a unified decision should be achieved to avoid inquiries later on. All activities like rites of passage, viewing, worship and other schedules must be cleared. Notify the funeral party if the remains have mechanical devices, foreign objects or jewelry attached to ensure the proper handling of the body and safety of the bystanders.

2. During Incineration

The remains are placed inside a combustible container or casket and placed inside the cremation chamber of a crematorium to be exposed under extreme heat of about 1400-1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The procedure commonly takes around 1-1 ½ for usual human body size while bigger ones take about 2 to 2 ½ to completely finish. Bone fragments and unburned objects are raked from the plate and disposed. The ashes will be refined into pure powder form.

3. Post-Vaporization

After refining, the ashes will be given to the family in the form of an urn or keepsake jewelry.

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Types of Services

1. Customary Funeral

The funeral for a cremated body is similar to a casketed one. The only difference is the form of the deceased. Public viewing is also encouraged and done together with a short mass or a non-religious program, which merely entails the sharing of memories.

2. Memorial Service

When the body is not around or unfound, you can opt for a memorial service. A memorial is a simple act of honoring the departed through a gathering of people. This is done weeks or several months after the death. The service may be done in unconventional places that are meaningful to the person like beaches, restaurants, bars, houses or chapels.

3. Combination

If you want a combination of funeral and memorial services then it is advisable to find a funeral attendant who will suit your needs. Preference for such requires service providers who can arrange customized functions.  You may check our site where personalized requests and support systems are available for you.

Final Destination

There are several ways to lay the ashes to rest after the ceremonies. Below is a list of typical choices:

1. Columbarium

If you want a place to visit your beloved then put him in a columbarium. The structure is similar to a cemetery. The only difference is that the available spaces are only big enough for urns. Families find comfort in a columbarium because it gives them a sense of togetherness.

2. Cremation Inlays

Some people prefer to put the ashes into functional objects like statues, busts and benches in honor of their departed. The names of the owners are usually etched on the items for recognition.

3. Personal Plot or Mausoleum

If you prefer a more secured location then you can have your loved one buried on your own burial lot. In this way, you can personalize the decorations and add alarm systems.

4. Cremation tombs

There are cemeteries that allow the burial of urns in a certain area. If you like the feel of a graveyard then this may be a more suitable choice.

5. Scattering Parks

An increasingly popular choice nowadays is releasing the ashes into a public cemeteries’ landscaped garden. The place represents a paradise, which becomes the final resting place of the deceased. You may inquire the local attendant if they offer a “living burial” so you can have the ashes used in growing the foliage in the orchard.

6. Scattering in the Wind

Cultural background may also dictate the release of your dead. If you prefer a symbolic farewell then you can scatter the ashes in significant areas like the top of a mountain or to the sea. Letting go in the wind is also a form of freedom both for the departed and the remaining. Just make sure to ask about local rules in the area because some places treat it as a kind of air pollution, therefore, it is prohibited.

The loss of a loved one can truly be heartbreaking and moving on is hard. Choosing a reliable and sincere funeral service provider will ease your worries. Our dedicated team is here to fulfill your wishes so your beloved can rest in peace.