Proper burial is a key part of funeral services. The family can choose whether they want their loved ones to be buried on ground, above ground, or cremated.Among the three, cremation is most usually frowned upon by families as many aren’t comfortable burning their loved ones. Sometimes, religious beliefs and cultural tradition also prevents the burning of the bodies.Visit Gentry Griffey for more details about funeral services.
Cremation is the process of burning the dead body in a high temperature cremation chamber, until it is reduced to ashes. It can be done before or after the funeral services.
All about the Cremation Process
1. The chamber is preheated first to a certain temperature.
2. Once the body’s inside the chamber, the temperature is then raised to 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The body and the casket are now subjected to pillars of flames until both are completely burned down.
3. Cremation may take 1 to 3 hours; during this process, the body dries down while the hair, skin, muscles, tissues, and bones are charred and burned.
4. Burning the body doesn’t emit odors because the gases and smoke are released through an exhaust system.
5. Sometimes, the body is not completely burned and is subjected to an afterburner. There are also times when a hoe-like rod is used to crush the remains.
6. Metals from the casket such as nails, screws, and other parts are removed using a magnet.
7. Pacemakers and other medical devices are removed beforehand to prevent explosions during the cremation process.
8. A cremulator is used to grind the dried bone fragments into powder.
9. The ashes are now placed in an urn that can be buried, placed in homes or columbariums, even or scattered.
10. Funeral services, like graveside or memorial service, can be done afterwards to commemorate the deceased.
Link between Cremation and Religion
There are religions that mandatorily require cremation, while some prohibit it. In Sikhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, cremation is mandatory.
Those following Hinduism prefer burning the corpse to help the soul travel to its next destination and to discourage it from staying beside its body. The eldest, youngest, or the adopted son is the first one to put fire on the person’s dead body.
Buddhism allows cremation but it is not mandatory. In China, Buddhist monks are the only ones practicing cremation since Han Chinese dislikes the process. Han Chinese thinks cremation is barbaric and considers it a taboo, since they have opted to bury their dead.
In Balinese Hindu, the body of the dead is buried until the cremation ceremony called Ngaben occurs on a favorable day in the Balinese-Javanese Calendar system called Saka. If the deceased is a member of the court, a minor noble, or a court servant, the cremation process is postponed until the cremation of their prince. The corpse is buried first to remove the fluids on the body, making it easier and faster to cremate. Not everyone can totally afford a Balinese funeral service because it is expensive. Families delay the cremation until they could afford it or when the village or family plans a group funeral to cut the cost.
Baha’I, Zoroastrianism, Neo-Confucianism, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, and Judaism forbid cremation. Islam has its own specific funeral rites and so, death is handled in a distinct way. Christianity and Catholicism allow cremation after funeral services done, but it still depends on the family of the deceased. Minority of the Manchu descendants practices cremation as part of their culture.
All in all, while cremation is becoming more and more popular in certain parts of the world (and many are beginning to master the process of turning the deceased into ashes), there are places where it will probably never be accepted.