Hi, my name is Crystal, and I love tradition and ritual, but I also love novel things and creating something special just for one person. When my mum died a few years ago, I decided that I wanted to write her funeral service – not just my eulogy, but the whole service. I wanted to tie in traditional elements as well as Bible verses and poems that she loved, but I also wanted something that was just for her and her alone. I learned a lot through that experience. If you have lost a loved one, I extend you my sympathy. I know how that feels, and I want to help with the funeral service. This blog has ideas and tips for writing your own service as well as a range of other things. I hope it helps.
Memorials and funeral services can have a significant impact on the finances of grieving families. It is mainly the case if the deceased did not have a funeral insurance plan in place. Cremation has proven to be a more affordable way to lay loved ones to rest, which might explain its increasing popularity in Australia. That said, some people choose cremation because of its affordability. While there is nothing wrong with the decision, it is better to learn and understand more about cremation. This article highlights some facts about cremation.
Cremation Does Not Exclude Funerals
As mentioned earlier, many families turn to cremation to avoid the expenses associated with traditional burials. However, this is a misconception because choosing cremation over traditional burials doesn't mean you should exclude funeral services. Indeed, some people prefer to skip a big funeral service after the cremation. Still, you should understand that it is common to hold a funeral service before or after a cremation. The provision is critical because it allows you to prepare well should you want a funeral service to accompany a cremation.
'Ashes' Are Ground Bones
Naturally, you will refer to the remains you get in an urn from a crematorium as ashes. While many people assume that the remains are ashes, they are not. Although the remains of cremation resemble ashes, they are ground bones. Many people appreciate this fact because it allows them to appreciate a cremation process better. Notably, the exercise is not just about burning the body until nothing but dust remains. Instead, crematorium operators carefully adjust high temperatures to burn away the body's soft tissues only. Crematorium workers then pass the remaining bones through powerful grinding machines and turn them into fine remains.
You Can Get Creative With Cremains
When you ask what people do with the cremains, you will likely get two most common answers: storing the remains in an urn on a shelf or scattering them away. However, you can do many things with a deceased's cremation remains apart from scattering or storing them at home. For instance, some companies specialise in turning cremains into a diamond that you can wear as jewellery or a keepsake. If the option is way out of your budget, you can buy small urns that you can wear as a necklace and place the remains in there. If the deceased had a lively personality, you can incorporate the remains in fireworks and say goodbye with a bang. Some people go the extra step and get a tattoo with ink containing their loved one's remains.