What is Cremation?
Cremation refers to a method of post-death disposition where the deceased is burned. It serves as an alternative disposition method to that of the more traditional casket or coffin burial.
How Does it Work?
The process involves placing the dead body in a box, it can be a special cremation casket, or a cheap wooden one. The body is placed in an enclosed cremation chamber and burned until only the basic compounds remain. The remains of a deceased body that is burned, commonly referred to as the “ashes” comes out to around five pounds.
How Long Has Cremation Existed?
Cremation as a means of disposing of a dead body traces back more than 17,000 years. The prevalence of cremation, burial, and exposure, as methods of disposal have always changed depending on the time period and area. During the Middle Ages in Europe, for example, Cremation was illegal, and was sometimes used by the Catholic Church as a method of punishment. Whereas, today, obviously, Cremation has become an increasingly popular choice.
How Much Does Cremation Cost?
There is no one true answer to this questions. In fact, the cost of cremation can vary greatly depending on the type of cremation services you are looking at, as well as where the crematorium is located. The truth is at the lowest end you can find direct cremation services for under $1,000, and you can find traditional cremation packages for upwards of $10,000. Your best bet is to call some local crematoriums and funeral homes and ask for the different packages they provide.
What Are The Different Cremation Options?
Most funeral homes will offer three different cremation packages:
- Traditional Cremation (Most Expensive)
- Cremation With a Memorial Service
- Direct Cremation (Cheapest Option)
What Is The Difference?
A traditional cremation involves all the steps associated with a traditional funeral and burial service, except the body is cremated rather than buried. A cremation with a memorial service means there is a service held, but the body does not need to be present and is instead cremated. A direct cremation means the deceased body is cremated shortly after death and all the steps, and costs, associated with memorial and funeral services are eliminated.
What is The Environmental Impact?
While it was once thought to be an environmental friendly alternative to the traditional burial method of disposition, in recent years research has shown does pollute the environment through the emissions of greenhouse gases. It is still less damaging to the environment than traditional burial. Ultimately, there will be an impact on the environment when you are disposing of a dead body.
What Does the Bible Say About Cremation?
The bible does not directly favor or forbid cremating remains. While for much of history cremation has been discouraged in Christian areas and countries, that trend has changed in recent years, as more and more Christians are opting for cremation.
In the last decade cremation has become the most popular choice of post-death disposition, passing burial. In 2020 the cremation rate was 56.1% and that number is project to rise even higher, to 65.2% by 2025 and 72.8% by 2030.
How to Find a Cremation Service Provider
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