Cremation is not a taboo

When someone dies, family members either choose a burial or cremation service for the final goodbyes. The latter often raises some questions due to the myths that surround the practice. Cremation is being practiced for more than 20,000 years according to archeological records. The “Mungo Lady,” a partially cremated body discovered in Mungo Lake in Australia, is often cited as the earliest recorded case of cremation.

When in 1902 Cremation Act got passed, procedural requirements have to be met for a cremation can be undertaken. The legislation also included placing restrictions and identifying authorized venues where the service gets performed. Cremation gets accepted as a practice in many parts of the world. In contrast, there are also other places in the world where the practice still has to gain widespread acceptance, like in Poland’s below than 10% cremation rate.

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How it works

The process starts with the body placed in a casket, which gets later put in the furnace. Then it gets incinerated at temperatures reaching 760 to 1150°C. The incineration process can be from 90 minutes, and can even take up to two hours. During this time, most of the body gets reduced to vapor due to the heat. However, the cremated remains don’t come out exactly like what we think the ashes will look like. The remains also include dry bone fragments.

After incineration, the ashes and said bone fragments are made to go through a cremulator. This is a machine that pulverizes the bone fragments and makes them into cremains or cremated remains. Afterward, a magnet passes through the remains to remove medical staples and other metal. The cremains have a subtle texture closely resembling sand, and color that can then be scattered, buried, or kept. Ashes of adult human females weigh around 1.8kg while males weigh 2.7kg.

Duration of cremation

At the optimum temperature of 1600 to 1800 degree F, the average length of cremation can be around 2 to 3 hours. There would be a couple of hours after that before the cremated remains get handed over to the family.

Funeral directors offer a range of caskets for cremation made from plywood, cardboard, timber, or MDF. Families choose their option depending on the cost or preference. Once the ashes are handed over to family, these are either laid to rest at a memorial garden, cemetery plot or scattered on the family’s property.

Examples of special places for the deceased would be the beach or ocean, the river, or some even choose a sports stadium. In some cases, the ashes are brought home and kept inside an urn. Some family members even opt to divide the ashes amongst themselves, while others bury half of the ashes in the cemetery, so they have some reminder of the deceased to visit, and then have the rest of the ashes scattered.

Sendoffs for the dead

For those who wish to scatter their loved one’s ashes, it is advisable to get the necessary permission. For example, some public places such as parks or gardens don’t allow ashes to be scattered there. Some chemicals utilized in the cremation process are poisonous to plants or pose a threat to human health. Another thing to consider would be that many people would find it upsetting if they come into scattered human ashes when they’re at a public garden.

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