Cremation is a common choice among modern families. Although some faiths still prohibit this practice, others have become more accepting of cremation ceremonies. When it’s time to make the final arrangements for a loved one—or to pre-plan your own services—consider learning more about cremation. A funeral director can clear up any misinformed perceptions you might have about it.
Myth: The remains are rendered into ashes.
Cremated remains are often referred to as ashes, which is why some people are surprised to discover that the remains are more like coarse, gray sand. The temperature used to cremate a body is so hot that everything but the bones is incinerated. The remaining bones are rendered into a gritty, sand-like substance .
Myth: It isn’t possible to have a funeral service.
Amemorial service or celebration of life ceremony may be held before or after the act of cremation. The family could even hold an open casket visitation, as caskets are available to rent for this exact purpose. Other families might prefer to have a direct cremation, with a memorial service to follow at a later date.
Myth: It isn’t possible to have a burial service.
Cremated remains will not be committed to a gravesite the same way a casket is. However, some families do choose to bury cremated remains or keep them in an urn at home until they are ready to provide a permanent resting place for them. Other common choices include interring the urn in a niche columbarium or cremation garden or holding a scattering ceremony at a meaningful site.
Myth: The family cannot watch the cremation.
Families can and often do choose to bear witness to the act of cremation. Some families do so as part of their religious or spiritual beliefs. Others might feel a sense of obligation to accompany their loved one’s remains. Bereaved families should carefully consider whether the kids have the emotional capacity to witness the act.
At Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery, we are committed to giving each family the caring support they deserve during the funeral planning process. We provide respectful cremation ceremonies in Tucson . Call (520) 888-7470 and let us know how we can help your family move forward.
News of funeral services can travel fast in the digital era, but it’s still possible for you to meet a friend who has suffered a loss that you weren’t aware of. Since everyone grieves differently and exhibits mourning in a unique way, one sign that something is wrong is if you notice your friend is acting differently. Perhaps your friend is typically a jovial person , but can’t manage to smile when you meet him or her. Perhaps your friend has always been talkative, but now seems distant and withdrawn.
Of course, it’s always possible for these changes to be caused by other hardships in your friend’s life. Avoid jumping to conclusions, and instead ask your friend if there’s something wrong. When you do hear news of a loss, try to avoid offering advice or saying clichéd statements like, “I know how you feel.” Express your condolences and ask if your friend wants to talk about their loss. Even if they don’t want to discuss it, having you acknowledge their grief will give them comfort.
Compassionate grief support is available in Tucson from Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery. Visit our funeral home on the Web to access our 24/7 grief counseling online , or call us at (520) 888-7470.