Questions to Ask About Cremation
When considering their end-of-life options, people have many questions about cremation. And these questions reveal common cremation myths people have held over time. It’s vital to set matters straight by providing reliable answers to these questions.
Choosing cremation doesn’t mean you know everything about it. So, if you have concerns, it’s better to approach a funeral home to clarify matters for you. Some of the questions to ask about cremation include the following:
- How do you ensure I don’t get another person’s ashes?
- Can I have a cremation and a traditional funeral?
- Is cremation against my faith?
These questions are among many that people ask when considering cremation. We’ll give you reliable answers, contrary to the common misconceptions that people often have.
How Do You Ensure I Don’t Get Another Person’s Ashes?
Some people have concerns that the cremated remains they receive may not be purely those of their loved ones. Even though it might appear economical to cremate several bodies at once, mixing ashes is illegal. Any cremation provider doing so would be acting unethically, and you can report them to the licensing board.
Funeral associations, such as the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Associations (ICCFA) and the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA), have guidelines against cremating multiple bodies simultaneously. State laws have also adopted similar guidelines, prohibiting the practice.
Crematoriums have an identification system that helps them determine the owner of the ashes. They attach an identity tag to the body, which stays with the body throughout the process. This tag is usually made of 304 stainless steel, which has a melting point of over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It survives the cremation heat, and the crematorium staff uses it to identify the residual bone fragments.
Is it possible for me to have both cremation and a traditional funeral?
Some myths about cremation make people believe they can’t have both a cremation and a traditional funeral. That’s not true because you can choose to have a funeral service, usually at a funeral home. Cremation is even better because it gives you the flexibility to have the service before or after the cremation.
It all depends on the cremation option you select. If you have arranged a funeral with a funeral home, you’ll have a body viewing, a casket, and a funeral service followed by cremation. But if you feel the cremation rates are too high, you can save expenses by choosing direct cremation.
In this case, there won’t be a viewing or a service at the funeral home. Instead, you’ll receive the cremated remains and hold a private memorial service with your family members.
Have Any More Questions to Ask About Cremation?
There are many cremation myths that people still hold on to. Besides the topics we mentioned, you could have more questions about cremation. If so, don’t hesitate to ask Florida Family Cremations.
We provide affordable cremation services in Clearwater, Florida. Our services include veterans’ services and simple cremation. Let us know your questions about cremation, and we’ll be glad to answer them.