Clarifying Typical Misassumptions Regarding Cremation

Whether your deceased loved one specifically stated that they want to be cremated when they pass on or you have been looking for an eco-friendly way of laying to rest their remains, you may be unfamiliar with the cremation process if you have never had to consider it before. Although cremation has been employed for centuries, many people still do not have a clear understanding of the process. In fact, your familiarity with this option could be what you see in the movies, where cremation is typically portrayed as someone simply receiving an urn containing ashes. The following article seeks to clarify typical misassumptions regarding cremation to dispel any reservations you may have.

Opting for cremation eliminates a religious funeral service

If you have believed that a religious funeral service cannot be held without the body of the deceased present, you are mistaken. The act of cremation is simply a way of reducing the volume of the remains. Thus, you are not limited to how you would prefer to say farewell to your deceased loved one! For instance, you could choose to have a memorial either prior to or after the cremation, depending on when you would prefer to celebrate the life of the departed individual. In addition to this, it is not mandatory to store the remains in an urn or scatter them. Instead, you could choose to have them buried at a cemetery if a lot was already available.

Cremation is prohibited by religious practices

Most religions have specific practices when it comes to burying the dead. Nonetheless, this does not mean that cremation is completely prohibited by the deceased's religion. If your loved one was steadfastly practising their religion but chose cremation for their final wishes, you should consult with a religious leader. Faiths such as Buddhism, Catholicism and even Protestantism do account for cremation.

Scattering of the ashes requires permits

For starters, a typical misconception about the remains once the cremation is undergone is that they will be ash. The reality of the matter is that the remains primarily comprise bone fragments once the cremation is complete. Therefore, what you receive has a consistency that is similar to grains of sand rather than ash. Secondly, Australia is highly permissive when it comes to scattering the remains of your loved ones. For instance, you will not face any restrictions if you choose to scatter the remains at sea.

You can reach out to a funeral home in your area for more information about cremation.