Death is an unfortunate, yet unavoidable, part of life. Planning your final wishes is not always possible, but you can educate yourself on the different services and methods to place your body to rest. While growing in popularity and used on half of the deceased, cremation is not properly understood by most people. By learning the truth behind a few common myths, you will understand cremation a little better.
Cremations Do Not Have Funeral Services
One common misconception people believe about cremation services is that you do not need a funeral for the deceased. This is partially true, since you do not necessarily need to have a traditional funeral service. However, you can plan a service before the cremation if you want.
Of course, many people choose cremation because it is a more affordable option when compared to a regular burial in a cemetery. Arranging a funeral service before the actual cremation will be a nice gesture for the deceased and family, but it will add to the total cost.
Cremated Remains Contain the Ashes of Multiple People
Due to the fact that so many people are cremated each year, you may think your loved one's remains will be combined with the ashes of another person's. Again, this is a myth that must be addressed.
Crematoriums are regulated under state and federal law, requiring constant inspections to ensure safe, healthy practices are utilized. Guidelines must be followed in accordance with these laws, and protocols are put in place to protect and maintain the identity of each body and their cremated remains.
Therefore, you do not need to worry about receiving the ashes of multiple people with the remains of your loved one.
Your Religion Prohibits Cremation
Lastly, you may worry that cremation does not align with your religious beliefs or principles. Unfortunately, the truth behind this myth will center on your specific religion.
The Christian church believes the dead must be buried so bodies can be resurrected at a certain time in the future. The Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches frown upon cremation, as well, while Jewish law forbids the act.
Although a traditional burial is preferred by these religions, times and beliefs are changing each day. Modern churches are beginning to accept cremation as an affordable means of disposing of the body, since your loved one's soul will still be accepted into the afterlife.
Choosing cremation for yourself or your loved one will be up to you, your desires, and your beliefs.