Cremation has, for a very long time, been a part of the experience of human death. We invite you to read this section if you wish to understand more about Aurora’s cremation process. We will also take a look at the funeral possibilities that will assist you with your choice.
A Short History of Cremation
According to Wikipedia, cremation in Australia dates back at least 20,000 years ago while evidence of burial in Europe dates back to around 2,000 B.C. In Ancient Greece and Rome, cremation was expected, and in India, it continues to be standard practice. By the fifth century and during the Middle Ages, the practice of cremation faded in Europe. It was mainly used in the punishment of heretics or response to the fear of contagious diseases. Cremation is preferred today by more and more individuals around the world.
The Flame Cremation Process
Traditional cremation reduces a body until it is nothing but brittle, calcified bones at very high temperatures. Then these are processed into what we generally call ashes. These ashes can be kept, buried, or scattered when returned to the family in a temporary urn (or a more personal urn selected by the family). In a hand-crafted piece of cremation art, some families even choose to place a loved one’s cremated remains.
In How Cremation Works, author Michelle Kim details the cremation process: “The body is stored in a cool, temperature-controlled space in modern crematories until it is approved for cremation.” By removing pacemakers, prostheses, and silicone implants, the body is prepared. The body is then placed in a container or casket made of flammable materials such as plywood, cardboard, or pine.
In the retort or cremating chamber, the container is positioned. Reducing an ordinary adult to ash takes anywhere from two to three hours. They are transformed into a uniformly-sized pebble-like material until the cremated remnants are cooled and deposited in an urn. And the funeral director gives the cremated remains back to the family.
Usually, cremation costs one-third of the cost of a conventional funeral. While it is true that price is a significant consideration for many people, it is essential to note that cremation is just one aspect of supplying a loved one with meaningful end-of-life treatment. It is significant to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, which can be done with a remembrance service. Bringing together families and friends offers the ability for all to exchange memories and gain support.
Spend Time with Us
To explore your cremation options, sit down with us. To thoroughly assist you in making end-of-life choices for you and your families, we appreciate the chance to share our expertise and experience. To make a meeting or drop by our office, contact us.