3 Common Myths About Cremation
Some people hold back from choosing to be cremated after they pass on because of the negative influence of common myths about the cremation process. These misconceptions cause people to disregard a viable alternative for the disposal of their remains. This article discusses some of the most common myths that you should not believe.
Myth 1: You Can’t Hold a Funeral If Your Loved One is to Be Cremated
Proponents of this myth think that traditional funerals and cremation are mutually exclusive. This is not necessarily true. The reality is that you can perform any ceremonies, such as a service and viewing the body, before the remains are cremated. All that you need to do is to inform the funeral home about your wishes so that arrangements can be made to honour those wishes before cremation takes place.
Myth 2: Cremated Remains Are Ashes from the Casket
Another common myth is that the remains of a loved one “disappear” once that deceased person is cremated. Believers in this myth are convinced that the ashes that the family receives are ashes from the container that was used during the cremation process. This is not true. The truth is that the ashes that family members receive are the pulverised bones of the deceased that are left once the intense heat of the cremation process burns the body of the deceased.
Myth 3: Bodies to Be Cremated Aren’t Placed in Caskets
Some people disregard cremation as an option because they have been misled into believing that those who are to be cremated are not carried in caskets or similar containers. This misconception may lead many people to think that the deceased will not be handled in a dignified manner as he or she is taken to be cremated. The reality is that once your loved one passes on, his or her body has to be transported to the funeral home or crematorium in a suitable container. That container is usually a casket. The only difference is that the casket will not be a high-end one since that casket will not be displayed for public viewing by mourning family members and friends. The deceased is also cremated when he or she is in a casket or another suitable container.
As you can see, what some people may think that they know about the cremation process may actually be misinformation. It is therefore advisable that you contact a crematorium in your area for accurate information before you make any conclusions based on common myths.