Cremation has quickly become the most popular alternative to a traditional burial plan, and for good reason—it is inexpensive, it will keep you closer to your loved one's remains, and it is environmentally conscious. However, like all things that rise in popularity, a number of myths have cropped up about what exactly cremation is. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about four of these myths and why they're myths.
Cremation Is More Expensive Than A Traditional Burial
Depending on which options you choose for either cremating your loved one or a traditional burial, the two can be rather comparable in price, but on the whole, cremation tends to be significantly cheaper than a traditional burial. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. The use of a plot of land tends to be quite expensive, which is the number one reason why cremation tends to be cheaper on the whole. The fact that you can opt out of expensive rites and rituals—such as embalming and holding a wake—rank among the other reasons why cremation tends to be a bit less expensive.
Cremation Is Incinerating The Body
This is perhaps the biggest myth in the entire world of cremation. Contrary to popular belief, cremation does not involve burning the body. During the process of cremation, the body is placed in a chamber where it is subjected to extremely high temperatures. During this process, the body is reduced to various gases and what is left over is fragments of bone.
Ashes Are Placed In Your Loved One's Urn
The bone fragments that are left are then placed into a blender of sorts, and what is left from this process is an ash-like substance. This is placed in the urn. The ashes that are generally considered to be leftover from incineration are actually bone fragments.
Cremation Is Frowned Upon In The Judeo-Christian Tradition
While certain strains of the Judeo-Christian tradition still frown upon cremation, most mainstream sects of the Abrahamic tradition are accepting of cremation as an alternative to a traditional burial. Roman Catholicism and most strands of Judaism, for example, do not prohibit cremation.
Cremation is a fantastic alternative to burying a loved one for many reasons, including its convenience and relative expense. Don't get caught up in the falsehoods and myths that are spread about this post-life ritual. For more information on cremation, talk to a funeral home like Holmes Funeral Home in your area.