Following a death, the first question you or your relatives will have to address will be what to do with the body. Instead of having a potentially high cost type of cemetery burial, you can consider cremation since it is a more economical alternative. Aside from being economical there are several reasons why it is more popular these days than the traditional way.
Here are some facts that you should know:
•At present, about 40% of Americans prefer to have their deceased loved ones cremated. In 15 years, around 60% are expected to do so.
•The ashes of the cremated body are returned to the relatives of the deceased.
•Although this process of burning does have an impact on the environment, there are ways of minimizing it.
•The price of cremating the body is quite lower as compared to the cost of conventional funeral.
•The majority of the states in the US allow home-based care of the deceased, or home funeral service before cremating the body, if you prefer this option you should check out first your state’s laws.
In general terms, cremation is the process of disposing deceased body through intense incineration, normally done in crematorium furnaces known as retorts.
Cremating to dispose the body of the deceased was introduced in America in 1970. As compared to other nation, the rate of cremation in America is quite low. At present, around 40% of Americans prefer it, and it is projected that in the next 15 years, the number will increase up to 60%. This process of disposing the deceased body is more common in Australia and Canada as compared in the USA. In the UK, this process is favored than traditional burial 70% of the time, and 69% in Sweden. In Japan, 99% are using this process because there is limited land to use in burying the body and normally practice long ingrained.
The Process of Cremating the Body
The cremation process is simple. In most instances, the family of the deceased can get the death certificate and required permits to transport the dead body directly to a crematorium. It is normal that you care for your deceased relative and even have your own service by having a home funeral. However, the majority of the service is done only in the funeral home. As an alternative, you can have the life celebration or memorial service longer after the body is cremated. Before being transported to the crematorium, the body is covered with a blanket or placed in a container. There is no need for you to purchase a coffin, but some states require an alternative container, most of the time more than a simple cardboard box – the service provider will let you choose.
As soon as the body is transported to the crematorium, the provider will ask the family what are the things they don’t want to be cremated like medical devices such as pacemakers and jewelry that may cause safety hazards during the process. The operator or the one handling the process should place an identification tag to properly identify the remains and to make sure the family gets the correct cremated ashes.
Once everything is settled the body is then placed in the crematorium furnace also called retort and is incinerated at temperatures between 1400 degrees Farenheit to 2000 degrees Farenheit for about two to three hours, until the body has been burned totally into a fine powder of bone fragments. The ashes will be given to the relatives present during the cremation or an official from the crematorium will call you up once the process is completed so you can pick up the ashes.