Cremation is a word we are all aware of, but not necessarily one we understand. We hear the word thrown around whenever there are funeral services or people are talking about them. But what does cremation entail?
Today we’ll try to offer a clearer answer on what modern cremation entails. Both to provide some light on the topic and to ensure you can make an informed choice in the future. Death is a part of life, and this means that learning about it is important as well.
Cremation in Summary
Cremation is almost as old as civilization itself. According to historians cremation techniques have existed for over 17,000 years; for comparison what we call “Recorded History” is only 5,00 years old. What this means is that cremation has been a burial technique practically forever. Cremation is a cultural technique that has been passed for generations, and in certain cultures, the fire itself has a deeper meaning.
Mechanically there’s no special trick to cremation. As water leaves our remains it becomes possible for bodies to turn into dust, and this ultimately results in the cremation ash we are acquainted with.
What does modern cremation entail?
Nowadays cremation has been optimized, but the idea remains the same. Clients visit a crematorium so the physical remains of their loved ones can be turned to ash, either for symbolism, conserving, or burial depending on the person.
Modern crematoriums are far more advanced and have managed to combine efficiency with humanity. One example of this is Arlington, whose link you can find on arlingtoncremationservices.com. This crematorium offers various perks that are intended to make the situation easier on family and friends. They count with witnessing room so people can rest assured the body that is being cremated is the right one. And perhaps more interestingly they offer the option to plan a cremation ahead of time; a simple yet elegant option that takes some pressure away from such a heavy topic.
It’s important to note that for most people cremation is just a step in the overall funeral process. It’ is customary to still hold a funeral and a procession regardless of whether someone will be buried or cremated. Cremation first and foremost deals with the way our remains will be handled, but this is still an important subject. it’s a very personal choice that can be taxing for the people organizing the funeral. As such we all should take a stance with it, so the process is easier on our family when the time does come.