When you are having a cremation performed for a loved one, you may be surprised at how the cremation was carried out and this might not be what you wanted. Cremation services very regarding how they carry the process out, with certain services made available by some cremation services and not others. There are a few assumptions that you should not make.
The Cremation Might Not Be Performed Onsite
If you will be having a cremation service performed by a funeral home, you will want to find out if the cremation is performed onsite or offsite. Clients will often assume that the cremation is performed onsite when this is not what they want.
You May Not Be Allowed To Have A Viewing
When a body is buried and when there is a viewing, steps must be taken to cremate the body because decomposition occurs quickly and the body can soon be unsuitable for viewing. However, with cremation, these steps are not necessary. Instead, the family members can have a viewing shortly after the death and can witness the cremation. However, not all cremation services offer this. It is also possible that you may not even want to see the body, so make sure to communicate your intent and understand what the cremation service will provide.
The Cremation Service May Be Better For The Environment
Some individuals assume that cremation is bad for the environment. After all, cremation involves the burning of the body, which might lead to carbon emissions. However, cremation is actually better for the environment overall. The act of embalming is wasteful and bad for the environment, but can be skipped with cremation. Still, if the remains are not immediately burned, they do need to be treated and you should be informed about how the remains will be treated.
Artificial Parts May Be Retrieved
Find out what will be done with the artificial parts of the patient. For instance ,if the patient has a pacemaker or has an artificial limb, this may not be able to be cremated and you may instead choose to have it donated to another patient.
The Bodies Are Tracked
It is important to be aware of the methods that are used to track each individual who is cremated. There have been cases where bodies that were supposed to be cremated were instead buried as they were mixed up with other bodies. However, this does not occur with most cremations since a careful tracking system is used to avoid getting bodies mixed up.Share
6 August 2017
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