Death is one of the only certainties that human beings have in life, which is why it is so important to discuss important end-of-life decisions and make critical decisions well before the need arises. One of these important end-of-life decisions that should be discussed with family concerns the details involved in planning the funeral, especially whether some type of burial is desired or whether cremation is preferred. If you are having this type of important conversation with your family, here are some important points to add to the discussion.
People's attitudes toward death and funerals continue to change as the majority choose cremation over traditional funerals. However, many people are still unaware of the benefits associated with cremation. If you are one, worry less because this article explains cremation and the benefits of seeking cremation services.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is an accelerated decomposition of a dead human body through incineration. A body is placed in the cremation chambers and exposed to intense heat for several hours, leaving bones that are gathered crushed and processed, or in other cases, the entire body is burnt to ashes.
Cremation has become increasingly popular in recent years with a growing number of people opting for this as a means of handling their remains. If you have a loved one who has recently passed that opted for cremation services, it is important for you to give careful thought to how you'll store their ashes. You will need to choose an urn for cremain storage. Here are a couple of things to think about as you make that choice.
It's expected that the casket containing your loved one's remains will be the centerpiece of their funeral service. This is the case with a traditional funeral, although sometimes a memorial service may be held after cremation. However, when your loved one's funeral precedes their burial or cremation, you and other family members will be asked for your preference with regards to whether the service is to be open casket. If so, certain preparations must be made.