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.