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5 Answers To Common Questions About Cremation

Cremation is the process of rendering a body to ash after a person has passed away. The ashes are given to the family post-cremation so they can be scattered, buried, or entombed. Learning more about cremation can help you feel more at ease with the process. Here are five facts that answer common questions about cremation.

1. The deceased person will be cremated in their clothing.

People want to know that their loved one will be treated with dignity during the cremation process. Cremation is performed in ovens that get extremely hot. The heat is extreme enough to burn bones, so it is capable of burning clothing to ash as well. Your loved one can be cremated in an outfit you pick out for them. Alternatively, they can be cremated in the clothes they are already wearing. Undressing the deceased person is not necessary.

2. Embalming is optional.

Embalming is the process of removing all fluid from a body, then replacing it with embalming fluids. It is a way to preserve a body by drastically slowing the rate of decomposition. Embalming is used when the family desires a funeral service where the body is put on display. If you do not want a viewing service and prefer to choose direct cremation, you do not need to have your loved one embalmed. Forgoing embalming can save you several hundred dollars.

3. Cremation does not cause pain.

Some people have misgivings about the idea of cremation because they worry it will hurt. After a person passes away, their brain no longer processes signals from their nerves. Cremation causes no pain, so you do not have to worry about negative effects on your deceased loved one.

4. The family may be present if they desire.

Some family members want one last chance to say goodbye to their loved one. If you would like to see your loved one before they are cremated, you can choose to be present for the process. You will be shown to a safe place where you can witness the cremation. If you believe this would give you a sense of closure, talk to your funeral director about the possibility of attending the cremation.

5. You may choose your own urn.

After cremation, the deceased person's ashes are given to their family. Some people choose to display these ashes in their home as a way to celebrate their loved one. If you plan to display your ashes, you can choose a decorative urn for the purpose. Simply give the urn to your funeral director, and they will return it filled with ashes. If you plan to have your loved one's ashes buried or scattered, the crematorium can provide an inexpensive, plain urn to hold the ashes until that time arrives.