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Q. What is Cremation?
A. Cremation comes from the Latin word cremo which means “to burn”--- particularly the burning of the dead. It is the process of reducing the body of the deceased to basic chemical compounds in the form of gases and bone fragments. This is accomplished through high- temperature burning, vaporization and oxidation.
It generally involves the application of high temperature, typically between 1400 and 2100 Degrees Fahrenheit (760 – 1100 Deg.C ), to a wooden box or casket which contains the deceased body. The body & container are almost completely consumed; the cremated remains consist of bone fragments & particles, which usually weigh 4-8 pounds (1.8-3.6 kg.).
They are then finely ground into granule form. The entire process takes 3-5 hours.
After cremation, the ashes are placed in a decorative urn and are inurned or stored in a columbary.
Q. Is Cremation less expensive?
A. The cost factor tends to make cremation attractive.
Cremation costs vary widely depending on:
1. the funeral chapel in which the process will take place
2. whether or not a memorial service will be involved and
3. the type of urn selected by the family.
Your funeral director can offer current information on cremation costs and will, at the time of arrangement, provide a listing of charges for the services you select. Whatever package or service the family decides, the average cost of cremation is cheaper than that of a traditional burial.
Cremation costs are roughly 50% of the cost of a traditional burial.
Q. Is cremation accepted in our society / What does the Catholic Church say about Cremation?
A. From : CBCP News – Official News Service of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines Media Office
MANILA, September 25, 2007—Crematories and columbaria have been established in various parts of Manila as more Filipinos have considered cremation as an acceptable burial
Fr. Genaro O. Diwa, Minister of the Archdiocese of Manila’s Liturgical Affairs, in his lecture before 200 delegates to the 22nd National Meeting of Diocesan Directors of Liturgy in Cagayan De Oro city said businessmen realized cremation’s potentials due to their growing clientele. Fr. Diwa said “every time and culture has a natural religious feeling of respect for the mortal remains, manifested in the many ways mortal remains of the dead have been treated.”
“The church sees the value of the mortal remains as the body is commended to the earth, or at the crematorium where the bodily remains are reduced to ashes before being brought to the columbarium,” Fr. Diwa added.
Citing Canon Law 1176 paragraph 3 that states “The church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the dead be observed; it does not, however, forbid cremation unless it has been chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teaching,” Fr. Diwa said bishops should “see to it that the burial tradition is preserved—that no one is pressured to choose cremation—and judge that the request for cremation does not stem” from a denial of Christian dogmas, or from sectarian spirit, or hate for the Catholic religion and the Church.”
He added acceptable reasons for the choice of cremation include hygiene and economics as well as other public or private reasons.
He appealed to treat cremated remains with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. “This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition,” he further explained.
The cremated remains should be buried in grave, mausoleum or columbarium as the practice of scattering the ashes in the sea or from the air is not in keeping with the Church’s norm regarding the proper disposal of the remains of the dead, Fr. Diwa concluded.
Q. Why choose Cremation?
A. Many families choose the alternative of being cremated because of its many benefits. Some choose to select cremation for personal reasons such as some people do not like the thought of being buried in a coffin. According to some religious traditions, incineration is the way in which the body can be passed into the other world.
The process of burning the body, disposes of it instantly and to many, this is a more appealing alternative to traditional burial in which the body slowly decays. Traditional burial has also been found to have an impact on the environment. Still, some just view a traditional burial as a needless expense and waste of time with its cumbersome planning and preparation.
There are many factors involved in the decision to choose cremation over traditional burial. One consideration is cost.
Cremation costs can also be a reason why families choose to go with this option. In general, cremations are cheaper than traditional burial especially if there is no service involved. Cremation costs vary depending on the funeral chapel in which the process will take place, whether or not a service will be involved and the type of Urn selected by the family.
Even if the family decides to have a service, pick an elaborate urn then followed by the actual cremation, the average cost tends to remain less than that of a traditional burial. The price alone tends to attract families more so towards being cremated
Q. Is Cremation gaining popularity?
A. Today, nearly one half of all funeral homes include the option for cremation, rather than a traditional burial. So why all of a sudden is the public looking more towards cremation as a final resting for their loved ones? The reasons are ongoing, but here are just a few:
• It costs less
• Some people prefer to avoid the “typical” funeral experience & choose something non-traditional
• Increased education. People are more knowledgeable about cremations
• Religious acceptance
• It suits a more mobile society
• Cremation is an eco-friendly alternative to burial.
The simplicity and dignity of cremation, environmental concerns and the flexibility cremation affords in ceremony planning and final disposition all to add to its increasing popularity. Whatever the reason, more and more people are choosing cremations for themselves, and for their loved ones
Q. What should become of the cremated remains?
A. The Church requires reverent disposition of the ashes which means that the ashes are to be buried or entombed (in a columbary) in an appropriate container, such as an urn. The Church does not permit the scattering of ashes, dividing of ashes or keeping them at home.
Q. Can we have a memorial service if we opted for Cremation?
A. You may not realize it, but there are a number of ways to memorialize a loved one who chooses cremation. Many families understand the importance of holding funeral services to help the bereaved family heal and to reflect and say goodbye to a loved one. Choosing cremation in no way eliminates the choice of combining the cremation with a traditional, personalized service.
• having the body present for viewing/wake with cremation afterward then funeral
• having the body cremated first with viewing/wake and a funeral afterward
• having the body cremated first and then arranging for any services on your own.
• having the body cremated first with no viewing/wake, funeral right after cremation.
Many families do not know that funeral parlors have various options for memorializing cremated remains
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