Cremation is the act of reducing a corpse by burning, generally in a crematorium furnace or crematory fire. Contrary to popular belief, the remains are not “ashes” in the usual sense, but rather dried bone fragments which have been pulverized in a device called a cremulator.

Cremation may serve as a funeral or post-funeral rite which is alternative to the interment of an intact body in a casket. Cremains, which are not a health risk, may be buried or immured in memorial sites or cemeteries, or they may be legally retained by relatives or dispersed in a variety of ways and locations.
Apart from religious reasons, some people find they prefer cremation for personal reasons. For some people it is because they are not attracted to traditional burial. The thought of a long, slow decomposition process is unappealing to some; some people find that they prefer cremation because it disposes of the body immediately.

Other people view cremation as a way of simplifying their funeral process. These people view a traditional burial as an unneeded complication of their funeral process, and thus choose cremation to make their services as simple as possible.

The cost factor tends to make cremation attractive. Generally speaking, cremation costs less than traditional burial services, especially if direct cremation is chosen, in which the body is cremated as soon as legally possible without any sort of services. However, there is wide variation in the cost of cremation services, having mainly to do with the amount of service desired by the deceased or the family. A cremation can take place after a full traditional funeral service. The type of container used also influences cost.

Cremated remains can be scattered or buried. Cremation plots or Columbarium niches usually cost less than a burial plot or mausoleum crypt, and require less space. Some religions, such as Roman Catholicism, require the burial or entombment of cremated remains, but burial of cremains may often be accomplished in the burial plot of another person, such as a family member, without any additional cost.
Cremated remains are often placed in the memorial urn, which can be placed in a mausoleum or wall niche. The urn may also be buried in a family burial plot or urn garden with a marker to memorialize the site. A relatively new alternative is a cremation garden, with a variety of options for markers in a beautiful, natural setting.

A new movement gaining popularity with cremated remains (cremains). Is the scattering of ashes in beautiful and remote places like mountain tops and island perhaps achomplishing the travel unfulfilled during life. Also new technology has opened new frontiers it is now possible to send a small amount of cremains into space and in the near future to the moon.


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