4 Myths about cremation you should know
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about cremation. The details of how you or a loved one want to be memorialized is a big deal. The right thing for any of us to do is to understand what cremation is all about. A great place to start is to dispel some of the rumors.
1.) They aren’t really ashes
Although they are commonly referred to as ashes, they technically aren’t ashes. The appropriate terminology is “cremated remains” and for good reason. After the cremation process, what’s left over is actually bone matter that has been ground into a fine powder like substance. During the actual cremation process, everything other than the skeletal structure is incinerated.
2.) Cremation is not eco friendly
A common myth that many people buy into is that cremation is better for the environment. That belief couldn’t be further from the truth. Cremation can have benefits to the overall environment in some ways, however not during the initial process of cremation. The process itself is incredibly bad for the environment. The places where it does help the environment include saving land space, although an argument could be made as to how a burial would be better for the earth. The place where we do see cremation being helpful to the environment is when it comes to the embalming process as well as the materials from the coffin that go into the earth.
3.) You don’t necessarily save money through a cremation
Many people assume that you will save money through a cremation, however this isn’t entirely true. Average costs could be less expensive in many cases, however there are cases where a burial could also be less expensive. A green funeral for example could be far more cost effective than a cremation. The most expensive costs associated with burials include the casket, headstone, gravesite and embalming. All these things minus the gravesite and the choice of headstone could significantly reduce costs. The choice of casket in particular could make a world of difference in the price. Your choice of memorial service will also greatly impact the overall end price. On the other hand, the way a cremation can start to become expensive is not only through the process itself, but the vessel that’s chosen for the remains. Everything is relative to what every individual wants or needs.
4.) The ashes will not be mixed up with someone else’s
It is a common joke among certain circles that one set of remains can be confused and mixed up with another. This concept needless to say, is not in the realm of possibilities. Funeral homes are usually required to operate under the regulations of the ICCFA (International cemetery, cremation and funeral association). Many of those guidelines make sure that no more than one set of human remains are allowed in the chamber unless by special request. The protocols involved with handling remains are very specific in how to maintain the identity of the deceased at all times.
May & Son funeral home has helped families and loved ones through the grieving process for more than a century. We have locations in Columbia, Boonville, Sedalia and serve the Fayette Missouri area. To find out about how to plan ahead, contact us today.