Debunking Common Myths About Cremation

cremation lansing miCremation is becoming a more widely chosen method of ending one’s journey on earth. For many families, affordable cremation services in Detroit offer a cost-effective way to say goodbye to their loved ones. Other individuals preplan their own funeral services and specify that they want to be cremated. Despite the widespread use of cremation, there are still plenty of misconceptions regarding it.

Myth: Cremation Eliminates Funeral Services

One of the most common myths regarding cremation is that it limits a family’s funeral service options. But in fact, families who choose cremation have more options to choose from than those who choose a traditional service and burial. For example, some families might choose direct cremation, which involves cremating the decedent right away and arranging services at a later time. Other families might choose to hold a viewing or visitation, followed by a religious service. The visitation might involve an open or closed casket, or it might involve an urn with the cremains.

Myth: Cremains Are Almost Always Scattered

Families also have more options for the cremains than with a traditional burial in a cemetery. They may choose to inter the urn at a cemetery, keep it in a place of honor in the family home, or scatter the cremains at a meaningful location. Families may also choose to create a permanent memorial for their loved ones, which may be located at a cemetery or at the family home.

Myth: Cremation is Less Dignified Than Burial

Whether you choose cremation, direct cremation, or embalming and burial, you can rest assured that the funeral home director and staff will always treat your loved one with the utmost respect and dignity.

Myth: Cremation Involves Burning the Body

Some people dislike the idea of burning the dead. But in fact, fire isn’t used in modern cremation services. Instead, the body is respectfully placed inside a special chamber, which is referred to as a retort. The temperature is increased to about 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The organic matter is rendered to fragments because of the heat.

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