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What Happens when you Go: Things you Need to Know about Cremation and Funerals

Let’s face it. Everyone is afraid of death because no one knows what will happen afterwards. However, if there is one thing we are certain of, it’s when we decide to plan ahead. This is especially true when you have family and when you want to make sure you leave no loose ends when you go.

The fact is, many people want to be ready for whatever outcome may happen after they die. Being one starts on being ready, he be must first know a few things about funerals.

The first thing to ask is how you want your body to be treated :

Many of our clients come to us regarding how they want their bodies to be handled. Many opt for the traditional burial while some prefer cremation. We have a selection of life plans to choose from and the best part is that it not only covers the treatment of the body, but also various benefits and protection.

Aside from life plans, many clients go to funeral parlors to arrange funeral details, such as chapel seating, catering and even burial dates, and it is our job to help manage all those. This is done with the belief that our clients are still grieving and may not be capable of interacting with visitors and guests. By providing these services, we are eliminating the burden of loss from our clients.

Our services also include the use of our elegantly restored, classic Georgian chapels for that added simplicity and elegance in an otherwise peaceful ceremony.

Now let’s talk about how the body is treated :

CremationThere are two types of burials. There is the traditional burial wherein the body is entombed in a plot of land or inside a mausoleum. This is usually favored by families who already have either plots of land or constructed mausoleums.

The other type involves reducing the body into ashes and placing it in a small urn. This process is called cremation. Now, in more recent times, this has been favored by many families since it is relatively affordable and does not cost much in terms of installments.

However, cremation is a method that not many family members are comfortable with. In fact, most do not want to consider the prospect of completely converting the physical body of their beloved to ashes. This is due to the long standing tradition in many cultures of burying the dead and having something physical to visit.

When considering this method, we often advise our clients to discuss this matter with their family members before formulating the final decision. This establishes a firm and deeper connection with the client’s intentions as well as the feelings of their family members. By doing so, they are put at ease during the time of peace, thus avoiding any future apprehensions during the actual process. At the same time, our clients can rest well knowing that their family members will be alright and that their last wishes will be met.

Many people often ask this important question :

After we die, what happens to our loved ones? Most of the time, they are left to grieve and find various outlets to cope with the loss. Sometimes, they are also left with our unfinished businesses that often drain them of their personal resources.

Fortunately, for them, we still provide additional services that will benefit both client and their family members long after. Prior to the funeral, we provide assistance in filing for various mandated benefits such as veteran’s benefits, insurance, health and other financial settlements. This is done to ensure that their family members will still be taken care of long after death.

For post funeral services, we also provide grief support groups :

Sometimes, the pain of loss is unbearable, rendering the person incapable of doing various tasks, such as going to work or school. Fortunately, our grief support group offers our clients the chance to meet with others who are still grieving long after. Our program includes a series of newsletters, quotes and inspirational stories designed to make the coping process easier.

Planning a funeral and deciding whether to have cremation or traditional burial is truly a difficult task to handle, especially if the family still cannot accept the idea of saying goodbye to a loved one. This is why funeral parlors, like us, are around. We understand that dealing with a deceased loved one is a difficult situation to be in. What we do is provide additional support not just for the family, but also to the deceased.

We can offer help especially when it comes to handling relevant affairs and last wishes. By doing so, we are providing the community with a great service that not only celebrates the life of someone special, but also helps the family with the deceased’s passing and intended wishes.

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Cremating The Deceased – Process And Belief

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

CrematingThere 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.

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