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Five Common Myths about Cremation Process

Death is one of those topics that most people do not feel comfortable talking about it. This is why there is always a dilemma amongst people as whether there should be burial or cremation. In recent years in most parts of the world, cremation is becoming a popular choice as compared to burial. To know about the reasons behind its popularity, you can check www.cremationresource.org

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Even though cremation is getting popular day by day, still the cremation process is mysterious to many people. This is mainly because there are actually quite a few misconceptions about the religious, environmental, and economic issues involved with cremation process. The time has come to clear up some of the myths about cremation.

Here are top five myths and misconceptions surrounding cremation.

Myth #1 Cremation is cheaper than burial.

Fact: Many people believe that the overall cost of cremation is cheaper as compared to burial process. It is true that as cremation does not involve embalming, public viewing of the body and expensive casket, the cost of a cremation process is around $600 to $1,000. But in reality this is not always true. Many people opt for the traditional embalming and visiting services before the cremation takes place. There are many people who even prefer the cremated remains to be buried at a cemetery plot or placed in a columbarium and even plan a detailed memorial service where they spend huge amount of money on flowers, food and memorial gifts. Due to these additional funeral services, the actual cost of cremation can go much higher.

If done on a budget, cremation can be cheaper than burial, but when it comes to saying final goodbye to a close family member or dear friend; people often do not think about budget and prefer to fulfill the wishes of the deceased.

Myth #2 Cremation is prohibited by different religions.

Fact: This is a myth that entirely depends upon the type of religion you practice. For instance cremation is prohibited by Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In Christianity, as per the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Church, it is necessary to bury the dead so that their bodies can be resurrected at some future time. But with time things have changed and cremation can be done by Catholics and Protestants, although burial is preferred. Till today, cremation is even not approved by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Similarly, orthodox Jews and Muslims are prohibited from embalming or cremating their dead.

At the same time it is simply not possible to ignore the fact that cremation is gaining acceptance in different parts of the world where once burial was practiced.

Myth #3 Cremation is an eco-friendly option.

Fact: Unfortunately it is not true. Though cremation process is better for the environment since it does not use up so much space, yet the actual process of cremation cannot be considered as eco-friendly. For cremation to take place large amounts of fossil fuels are required which in turn releases several harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. These harmful chemicals include nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrofluoric acid, and mercury.

One solution to this problem is to make crematoria install filters in their ventilation systems. This way there will be less impact on the environment but the carbon output is still significant. An eco-friendly alternative is bio-cremation, in which the remains are dissolved by an emission-free chemical and liquid process.

Myth #4 Cremation process involves fire.

Fact: There is no truth behind this myth. During a cremation process, the body of the deceased is exposed to incredibly high temperature in a specially-designed furnace, which helps to reduce the body to gases and bone fragments. After this process is finished, the fragments are then placed in a kind of heavy processing machine, which converts them to the ashes that are returned to the family. In modern cremation techniques, fire is never used and is a very quick and simple process.

Myth #5 Cremated remains (cremains) are the same as ashes.

Fact: Although many people refer to cremated remains as ashes, but in reality the cremated remains are not ashes. The cremated remains resemble small pebbles as they are nothing but bone fragments. Once the body is exposed to extreme temperature what is left behind in the retort are dry bone fragments. These dry bone fragments are further processed in a high-capacity and high-speed blender. This transforms the bone fragments into fine sand like texture and color which is known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are placed in a temporary container so that it can be returned to the family member of the deceased.

To conclude, when determining whether or not to choose cremation, it is vital to consider these myths about cremation. This will help you a lot to make a final decision regarding whether you should opt for cremation or burial.

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