Current statistics shows that more and more people have been embracing the alternative of a traditional burial for cremation. Many myths have been associated with this ancient procedure. With new laws, modern crematories and more burial options, cremations are on the rise.
Cremation is not a substitute for a funeral it is a method of preparing the body for final disposition. One myth is that cremation is more cost effective. The cremation process may be less costly then embalming but many people are cremating their loved ones in addition to having a full burial service. A body takes about two hours to decompose during the cremation process. Many of us are comforted to know that our family member won’t be slowly decomposing for 40 or 50 years in a coffin. There are a lot of third party crematories’ as well as those taking advantage of you during this vulnerable time so do your research.
Another concern that family members have about cremation is they will not have a place to go visit there loved ones. One benefit of cremation is that there are more flexible options. It is more common today to have a body cremated then put in a casket and be buried at grave side. Many cemeteries now have other options such as Scattering Gardens or Columbariums to place the ashes in so you will always have a place to visit.
All states have different rules; in Maryland it is not prohibited to scatter the remains on private property as long as you have permission from the property owner. A funeral is a ceremony honoring the life of the deceased. If your loved one had sea legs then maybe you want to honor them by throwing their ashes out to sea. If your family member was a pilot then maybe you want to consider throwing their ashes from a plane. Let's not forget the option of keeping the ashes at home.
Not everyone can can embrace cremation as an option. Try to keep an open mind and educate yourself more if this is to be the final request of your family member. When you can honor their wish it will set both of you free.