Ashes to Ashes: Everything You Need to Know About Cremation

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Cremation is one of the most commons options for the remains of a person when they pass. Here’s everything you need to know about cremation and how it works.

We’re all going to die one day; there’s no other way to put it. Facing mortality is an important part of life, and part of coming to terms with death is making funeral arrangements. You need to let people know about how you want your remains to be handled while you still can.

Many years ago, the only choice you had as to how you wanted your body handled was where you wanted to be buried. Cremation was worse than just a mortal faux pas—it was a sin. Now, the funeral business is enlightened enough to understand that it’s your choice as to what you want people to do with your remains.

And for many people, the choice is obvious: cremation. Getting cremated is cheaper than most traditional burial options, and some people prefer it over burial. We all turn to ash after long enough, so why not speed up the process?

Keep reading below to learn more about how cremation works, and why it’s becoming many people’s post-mortem preference.

Loved Ones Can Still Say Goodbye

Getting cremated doesn’t mean you rob your family and loved ones of a chance to say goodbye. You still have a funeral, and people can still say their final words to your remains. You don’t get thrown into the fire right at the moment you die—there’s still time for people to say goodbye.

And saying goodbye is an important part of the grieving process. If the people that love you don’t have a chance to say goodbye after you die, they may be hurt. They may spend much of their life wishing they could have been there, and wondering if they still have time to say farewell.

Choosing to be cremated doesn’t take away people’s chance to grieve. It just makes it easier for people to handle your remains after they say goodbye.

Choosing Cremation Doesn’t Reduce Funeral Costs

While the cremation cost is revered as one of the cheapest ways to handle remains, funeral costs still stay the same. You still need to pay funeral directors for arranging the event and for the space to display your body in. You will still need to pay for a temporary casket and all the other parts of a funeral.

By the end, your family and loved ones may end up needing to pay around $9,000. Why make them pay more for a headstone and a plot of land in a graveyard? Cremation can be a way to tell your family you love them one last time by saving them money.

Some Funeral Homes Let Families Watch the Fire

People sometimes ask to be buried just because they want their families to watch as they’re lowered into the ground. There’s a kind of catharsis associated with seeing someone enter their final resting place. You may want your loved ones to experience that catharsis, yet it may come at too high of a cost.

Funeral homes understand how it important it can be to see a loved one laid to rest. That’s why some will allow people to watch as a person is cremated. They usually won’t let people watch as the fire surrounds them, but they will allow people to see their loved ones enter the cremator.

And that can be just as cathartic as witnessing a loved one be buried.

Cremation is a Hot Trend in The Funeral Business

If you’re considering cremation, you should know that you’re not alone. Several people have begun requesting to be cremated for a variety of reasons. Some people just want to reduce the costs associated with their death, and others may choose cremation for more spiritual reasons.

It’s lit a fire under the funeral business, and more companies are equipping themselves with equipment to offer cremations. Keep reading below to learn why it’s become so popular.

Churches Are More Accepting of Cremation

One of the most significant reasons behind the rise of cremation is that the church is becoming more accepting of cremation. To keep people coming into its doors, the church has embraced new ideas over how people should handle their dead.

The church will always have a presence at any funeral, whether it’s with a priest or a parishioner. Yet, the kind of funeral they’re willing to hold is changing.

No Embalming, No Problem

The dead have all the time in the world, but the living still need to think about their time on earth. People will take out the time to go to a funeral, but they only have so much time to spare. And attending a traditional funeral can cost your loved ones up to a week of their time as they make travel arrangements and your body is embalmed.

Yet, choosing to cremated means you won’t need to be embalmed. That saves time and money and means you’ll have a quicker funeral. And your loved ones will appreciate that.

Long-Term Cremation Costs are Far Cheaper

Choosing a traditional burial means leaving your family with significant long-term costs. They may need to make recurring payments on the site you’re buried in.  They may also need to make payments on your headstone, and anything else associated with being buried.

Those costs can stack up quickly. Yet, being cremated means you won’t leave such a heavy burden on your loved ones.

If you still want to rest in a graveyard, you can find a smaller and cheaper spot inside a mausoleum. Otherwise, your family can simply select an urn and take it home with them. That way, there are almost no recurring costs after your funeral, and your family will still be able to keep you around.

Cremation is Creating a New Funeral Industry

New ideas around death are contributing to the rise of cremation.

It’s the cheaper, safer, and quicker alternative to being buried. And if you want to learn more about the process behind cremation, just reach out to a funeral director. They’ll be able to guide you through the steps towards arranging a cremation for yourself. And keep reading here in the meantime.