What Is Cremation?
Posted by BRANDON LEE
End-of-life services is a field that many people don't fully understand. Until you have an experience trying to navigate this business, it often remains somewhat of a black box, or in other words, a process that’s sort of opaque or misunderstood in some ways.
We understand that families are tackling emotional issues as they make their way through the process of figuring out funeral services. With that in mind, providing more information is almost always to the customer's benefit. Here’s more about cremation and how it works.
The Idea of Cremation
With so many bodies already in the ground, and so much development going on in our communities, the traditional burial approach is becoming somewhat obsolete. Not everyone prefers to be in a casket and have their family pay for a burial plot for the foreseeable future. In addition, there just isn’t a lot of room! Especially in dense communities around the world, cremation is becoming a practical way for the dead to, in a sense, make room for the living.
Cremation is a practical and efficient alternative to burial, where the ashes of a deceased person can be either kept in a receptacle, or scattered in a place that they enjoyed or had an emotional bond to while alive. The scattering allows surviving friends and family to feel a person’s presence in a particular place: similarly, keeping the ashes in an urn brings that person into a particular building or receptacle where it is housed.
The Logistics of Cremation
On the one hand, cremation eliminates the need for embalming and all of those other labor-intensive processes that traditional mortuary businesses are set up for.
On the other hand, there are logistics in the process of cremating a body. The funeral director must have a practical system in place, with all of the safeguards for providing these services with quality and consistency in mind. That includes the process of fully burning the human remains, and an appropriate chain of handling for those remains at every stage.
Receptacles for Cremation: What Are You Looking For?
Then there's the issue of how to keep the remains.
Many people choose to use a ceremonial urn or receptacle, to keep remains in a building or in a safe place.
This also involves its own logistics. For instance, the standard metric of 200 cubic inches is a good rule of thumb for sourcing sufficient receptacles.
We have a number of excellent receptables and urns for sale to help deal with the process of cremation. Take a look and ask any questions about this important part of funeral and closure processes for your family.