Common Questions About Cremation

In the United States, the popularity of cremation has skyrocketed in the last 5 years, but there many people who still have a number of questions about this procedure. Here is a brief look at the top 5, most frequently asked questions:

1) What is cremation?

The basic process of cremation is one that turns a human body into roughly 3-7 pounds of both inorganic and organic compounds. This is done by exposing the body to intense flame and heat for approximately 2 hours. During cremation, temperatures can reach upwards of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. After cremation, the remains will have the consistency of gravel or sand.

2) Can viewings be held for cremations?

The answer is yes. Many funeral homes will offer rental caskets that a deceased’s body can be displayed in for a memorial or funeral service. Having a service is often beneficial for mourners because it allows them to congregate together. Once the memorial service is over, the deceased will then be cremated, and their ashes will be given to the family to do with as they wish.

3) Can cremation ashes be scattered almost anywhere?

In most cases, they can be. However, before scattering ashes just anywhere, you must consult local ordinances and laws before the ashes are scattered. If you plan to scatter the ashes in your own backyard, then this can be done at your discretion.

4) How much does cremation cost?

There are a number of factors that will affect the overall cost of a cremation; however, the cost of cremation is considerably less than that of traditional burials. If arranged through a funeral home, then cremation will cost anywhere from $2,000.00 to $4,000.00. If arranged directly through a crematory, then it will cost anywhere between $1,000.00 and $3,000.00. Prices will differ according to geographic location.

5) Why do people choose cremation versus burial?

The #1 reason why individuals choose cremation over burial is financial cost, especially in our current troubled economic times. However, the simplicity of the entire cremation process is appealing to a number of individuals.

These are just a few commonly asked questions about cremation. Those who have further inquiries are encouraged to contact their local funeral home director, who should be able to answer their questions more thoroughly. There is nothing wrong for choosing cremation over burial, and cremation services can be just as meaningful as traditional services.

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