Cremation has become increasingly popular in Australia as a means of final disposition. If you are deciding between cremation and burial for yourself or a loved one, here are some things to consider before speaking with a funeral director.
Most people are familiar with what the burial process entails, including cleaning and dressing the body, sealing it in a casket, and lowering the casket into the ground. However, people tend to be less familiar with the cremation process. During a cremation, the body is placed in either a coffin. Today’s cremators are extremely hot (usually over 900°C) and use propane or natural gas. The process takes one to two hours. Afterwards, any remaining metal objects are removed (such as prostheses), and then transfer the remains to a processor that reduces the bone fragments to a granular consistency. These are the “ashes” that are sealed into a container.
The Deceased’s Religion
One of the main concerns many people have when deciding between cremation and burial is which option is acceptable according to the deceased’s religious beliefs. For example, some Christians believe that cremation is acceptable while some don’t, while it is strictly forbidden under the Islamic and Jewish faiths. Other faiths, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, permit only cremation and not burial.
Another concern many people today have is the impact of their choice on the environment. The consensus is that cremation is more eco-friendly and sustainable than burial, but the two options probably have very similar impacts. Cremation creates several times more carbon dioxide than burial; however, cemeteries also must be watered, fertilised, and otherwise maintained permanently. One good option for the environmentally concerned is a green funeral, a newer type of ceremony in which the deceased is buried without embalming in a natural and biodegradable coffin or shroud.
Practical Considerations for a Funeral Ceremony in Murrumbidgee
There are also several practical considerations when making your decision. For example, cremation may be the easier option for families who live far apart because it’s easier to return the remains home. Also, you can choose to have a direct cremation and then a memorial service later, giving you more flexibility when it comes to timing the funeral service in Murrumbidgee. Cremation also gives you the opportunity to scatter your loved one’s remains in a meaningful place. A grave in a cemetery, however, gives you a place to visit where you can honour and remember your loved one for generations. Burying ashes in a cemetery is yet another option.
If you would like to speak to a funeral director in Murrumbidgee about your many options and how to make this highly personal choice, contact Collier Trenerry. Also, make sure to communicate your wishes to your family so that they can carry them out with the confidence of knowing what you want. When it’s time, Collier Trenerry can help.