When choosing the final preparations for a loved one, understanding your options is very important. Traditionally in the West, with burial, bodies are prepared and buried in a reserved plot with a marker (headstone). However, with cremation increasing in popularity, more and more people are wondering what options they have when it comes to the remaining ash. After a cremation, the amount of ash can range from 8-20 cups of ash, depending on the weight of the person before the cremation. The three most common ways to memorialize with cremation include scattering, burying or displaying the ashes in an urn. Choosing how to best memorialize a person after cremation is completely up to the family.
“Everybody will die, but very few people want to be reminded of that fact.” • Lemony Snicket
A certain kind of eco-friendly cremation is turning into a heated debate. Many professionals in the industry see alkaline hydrolysis as the future of cremation. On the other end of the spectrum, some people want to ban funeral homes from using it. A few organizations dislike cremation in general. They use green cremation as an example of a bad choice. Better knowledge about the process could make it easier to conceive this debate in the midst of a growing interest in using the technology.
The loss of a mother or child can be a pain that people feel for the rest of their lives. On Mother’s Day, grieving families can experience an increase of sadness. By making space for their grief and finding new traditions, they can celebrate Mother’s Day in a way that keeps their love and memories fresh.
Cremation is the popular choice for people in 2018, but it remains a mystery to many. From cremation’s effect on the ozone layer to the forgotten ashes in a funeral home’s basement. There are many facts about cremation people don’t know, here’s the truth.
People might think that cremation has been an easy choice forever. The truth is more complicated. Cremation has a long and winding history in North America. It grew at a slow pace. Then, in just a handful of decades, it exploded into the most popular choice today.
Although regular cremation is definitely popular, many people want something more. As growing numbers of people choose cremation, they start to question the environmental effects of the process. Is there a better way? Recent trends suggest that there is. Alkaline hydrolysis is a newer form of cremation that uses less energy and may be friendlier to the environment. This process is still largely unavailable throughout the United States, but it may one day become the standard.
So many times, an urn begins with an idea. Someone might think about a fond memory they had, or an aspect of their loved one that was particularly beautiful or easy to recall. That winning smile, or even a favorite tattoo, could be recreated on an urn and available for all eternity. We often hold onto an image of a loved one because we want to never forget those little things about them that could be so difficult to hang onto, decades after they leave us. Even in grief, we want to be reminded of these things. It hurts to think of a loved one who is gone, but it hurts more to feel their absence. Placing those images and mementos before our regular sight is one way to keep our memories alive, and our love green.
Religions have unique perspectives on cremation, and whether or not their belief systems can accommodate cremation as the preferred option worldwide. Many religions have re-examined their positions to make room for those who need to choose cremation.