Cremation is an alternative to the burial process and it is chosen by many people because of religious beliefs, the desire to preserve the environment, or it was requested by the person who died. Cremation is typically a less expensive option in comparison to a burial. Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition. The memorial service is designed to honor the life of your loved one, but it is also a time that you will begin to deal with the reality of your loss and begin the healing process.
Cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery lot, interred in a columbarium, scattered in a cremation garden or at sea, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn. There are many new and different ways to dispose of ashes today, cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.
Some religions welcome cremation while others forbid it.
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Yes they can; some cremation providers will allow family members to be present when the body is placed in the cremation chamber. Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.
Nearly all Protestant churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic churches also allow the remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. It is encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral as it provides a focal point for the service.
All reputable cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize the potential for human error. Since it is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.
An urn is not required by law. However, an urn may be desired if there is to be a memorial service or if the remains are to be interred in a cemetery. If an urn is not purchased or provided by the family, the cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic container.