Cremation is the process of exposing the body of the deceased to excessive heat until it turns into ashes. It is an acceptable alternative to traditional burials which in recent years, have been slowly gaining popularity.

In the past, cremation was seldom considered when planning for a funeral. But these days, cremation is becoming to be the popular choice, not only in the US, but in many countries as well.

How Does Cremation Work?

The body in the coffin or container is taken to the crematorium where it is placed in the cremation chamber and subjected to intense heat until it is reduced to ashes.

After about two hours, the ashes would be put in a sealed container and turned over to the family.

Points to Consider For Cremation

There are many reasons why lately, people have been turning to cremation to lay the deceased to rest. Some of them are:

  • A cremation can cost much less than the costs of a traditional burial, after taking away the expenses for the embalming, coffin, burial, monument, or plot. Note that there is no need to embalm if cremation will be done in a timely manner.
  • Funerals are sometimes rushed so that the body of the deceased can be buried immediately. In contrast, funeral planning is simpler and easier with cremation, having all the time to plan and prepare for a ceremony. It becomes easier for everyone if a time can be arranged that allows for the family to make travel arrangements.
  • Cremation is a quicker way to lay the body of the deceased to rest.
  • The ceremony can be held anywhere. If family members and loved ones live away from each other, they can plan to hold the ceremony where everyone can get to with comfort and ease. After the ceremony, the remains can be put to rest anywhere that the surviving families choose.
  • Once the deceased have been cremated, families and loved ones can conduct a completely exclusive memorial service of their choice. The ashes can be stored in decorative urns, memorial jewelry, and keepsakes, or allowed to be blown by the wind.
  • Cremations don’t require the use of embalming chemicals or burying in the earth. It is an eco-friendly solution because it puts a stop to cemeteries, from spreading out into natural resources.

Points to Consider Against Cremation

  • Cremations leave family members without a formal place to mourn. Burials give mourners a physical location where they can visit and grieve. It may be a consolation to family or friends to have a specific place to go to remember the deceased.
  • Cremation may go against the religious beliefs of the deceased or the surviving family.
  • Cremation uses huge amounts of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and mercury into the atmosphere and cause air pollution.
  • Cremation services are not available everywhere. Not every community is equipped to perform cremations.
  • Once the body of the deceased is cremated, it cannot be examined anymore. In cases of legal investigations, the ash cannot present any more information.

Which would you choose and why?

In these times of economic recession, cremation seems to present the most practical choice for everyone.

However, my religious belief and my very close family ties prevent me from turning my back on our traditional beliefs. I will still opt to be buried in the ground when I die.