Cremation is one of the funeral services conducted by funeral homes in which the body of the deceased is incinerated until it results into ashes. It is done inside a building called crematorium.
In history, the Woking Crematorium is recorded as the first ever crematorium. It was established in 17th century, though it was heavily criticized by the Catholic Church until 1960’s. Cremation was accepted by different religious groups including those who practice Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, usually in open-air. Nowadays, cremation is a usual service offered by funeral homes all over the world.
The Cremation Process
The crematorium wherein it is done has different areas. There is the cremator which breaks the body down. The body in a container will be slid into a chamber called retort where the burning process will be done. Next to this process is the pulverization. Here, a blending machine called cremulator will turn the bone fragments into fine cremated remains or ashes. The ashes may be held or disposed in various ways.
What to Do with the Ashes
It is common practice to put the ashes inside an urn and then put it in a columbarium vault. There are also other establishments that offer services to scatter the ashes in another place chosen by the family. Some opt to scatter the ashes in the sea or on mountain tops. There are also those who charter private planes to scatter the ashes in the air over a specific area.
Others are more creative in thinking of what to do with the ashes. Among the things that have been done are: mixing the ashes with firecrackers; placing them inside gun shells to be fired; sending them to outer space in a small container; and blending them with the cement to be used for making artificial reefs.
Those who wish to keep the ashes of their loved ones close to them can choose to put them in special places in or around their homes. Among the most popular locations in the house are: in aquariums, in flower pots or plots, in artificial ponds, or in an altar.
More personal options include putting the ashes in a vial and using it as a pendant and blending the ashes with paint to use as tattoo ink. It is also an interesting fact that ashes can also be turned into synthetic diamonds that loved ones can use as jewelry.
Reasons Why Cremation Services are Popular
The most common reason why people prefer cremation services over traditional funeral services is that it is convenient. There is no need to purchase a cemetery plot and maintain it for a long time. There is also no need to travel to the cemetery for the interment. Most funeral homes already have their own crematory services within their premises.
Another reason is to comply with the deceased’s request. Some people already express their intention to be cremated when they die and may even make advance arrangements while they are young. Some can even pick out their own urns or choose the place where they want their ashes to be placed. In most cases, their choice of location are based on factors such as practicality and sentimental feelings.
Moreover, cremation is environmental-friendly. Unlike the traditional burial, cremation does not involve potential contaminants such as the embalmed body and the coffin. Provided that the cremation process was done right, there is no danger posed to the health of the people, animals, and the surroundings.
There are strict laws when it comes to the sanitation of crematoriums. These establishments are supposed to abide by these laws that dictate how many bodies can be incinerated at any given period of time as well as any precautionary measures that need to be taken. Anyone who wishes to avail of cremation services should make sure that the funeral home they choose offers services that are in compliance with regulatory standards.