Some important information about cremation

  Cremation - it is the reduction of a deceased body by incineration. In the past, early civilizations used fire as a means of incineration, but in contemporary times, we now use crematories. Though religions, cultures and families differ in their opinions of cremation, now days many do prefer cremation as a final option for themselves or their family members.

 The practice of cremation was performed as early as the late Stone Age in the Near East and Europe. As time moved on, the practice spread to the present day British Isles and further to the north in Europe. Greeks and Romans practiced cremation, though modern cremation practices (incineration via crematory) were not developed until the late 1800s, when the English sought a means of controlling the spread of disease from corpses. Many people wish to cremate deceased relatives (or opt to leave instructions in their will for cremation) because they do not wish for their bodies to decompose in a grave. After cremation is complete, the family can keep ashes in an urn permanently or release them in a place meaningful to the departed, sending him or her back to the earth.

 Family of the deceased should always abide by the wishes of the deceased regarding the burial of the deceased individual's body. If the departed did not leave instructions for burial or requested cremation, it is generally a socially acceptable option. However, certain religions do prohibit cremation, so it is best to check with clergy from the deceased's religion concerning cremation before deciding upon the process. Orthodox branches of most religions prohibit cremation. The Catholic Church permits it, but there are specific rules that must be followed, so be sure to consult a priest regarding cremation.

 During cremation, all foreign objects must be removed from the body, including jewelry and internal medical devices. This is done to cremate the body properly and to prevent any explosion. If considering a cremation for a deceased family member, please notify the funeral director or crematory liaison of any such inorganic material present within the deceased's body.

 Cremation is generally a more inexpensive means of saying goodbye to the physical form of the deceased. Many people choose this option for themselves to leave less of a financial burden on their remaining family members. Additionally, it is easier to personalize a meaningful farewell ceremony with cremated ashes ceremonies can take place in religious houses, homes, or outside.

 Modern day crematories can cremate a body in less than two hours plus an additional cool down time of up to one hour. Funeral homes typically assist the families of the deceased in making specific arrangements for the cremation of a body.