People usually do not like death. Planning for your own funeral, when life rages next, seems illogical. But the human body, unfortunately, is not eternal. Sooner or later, relatives have to solve the funeral of the deceased person. The modern burial industry offers several options at once.

Some people prefer to turn their ashes into a diamond, become part of a coral reef or even go after death to the moon. More and more often in the civilized world they try not to bury the body in the ground, but to cremate it. During this process, the corpse is burned at a high temperature, even the bones become brittle and turn into ashes. The tradition itself dates back to prehistoric times, but it has become popular even today.


Cremations are preferred because of the convenience of this option, it turns out to be both practical and convenient. Yes, many people and the burial in the ground with the subsequent decomposition of the body causes disgust. Nevertheless, cremation is still a mystery, finding numerous myths that frighten people. It is worth refuting some of the most popular misconceptions about this procedure.

Cremation costs less than ordinary funerals.

Many people choose cremation because it is considered cheaper than the traditional funerary ceremony. In fact, you can save on the fact that there is no need to hold a public farewell ceremony with embalming the body and an expensive coffin. In the West, the cost of cremation ranges from 600 to 1000 dollars. In Russia, the amount is limited to thousands of rubles. But this quantity is not finite. Many people order traditional embalming and a farewell ceremony before cremation. Often relatives want to bury the cremated remains in a cemetery or columbarium. Farewell memorial services are held, which are also costly due to flowers, products and souvenirs. Such additional services can ultimately make cremation even more expensive than ordinary funerals. If you try to minimize the budget, then the burning of the body will really be cheaper. But when choosing the option of parting with a friend or close relative, people often do not think about money or simply fulfill the last will of the deceased.

Cremation is forbidden by major religions.

I must say that different religions in their own way refer to this procedure. You can often hear that in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, cremation is forbidden. Greek Catholic and Protestant churches insist on funeral of the body. It is believed that in the future there will come a time when the dead will be resurrected. But over time, the Catholic Church softened its demands. Now cremation is allowed after the requiem and permission of the bishop, although the traditional burial is still considered preferable. But Orthodoxy takes a more rigid traditional position in this issue. Judaism is loyal to cremation, because it is quite an old practice, which was followed by Jewish kings. In Islam, cremation is forbidden, as is embalming the body. It is considered irreverent in relation to the deceased. In Buddhism and Shinto, cremation is considered permissible. In Hinduism, cremation in general is one of 16 life rituals. It is believed that with her help the soul will easily leave the body and then find a new shelter. In any case, this practice is gradually finding recognition throughout the world, even where traditional burial was practiced.

Cremation is an environmentally friendly procedure.

Whatever the adherents of this method of destroying the body, it can not be considered completely safe for the environment. You can talk only about saving the space needed for burial. For cremation it is required to burn fossil fuels, which can leave behind harmful chemicals. This may include carbon monoxide, nitrogen, sulfur dioxide, hydrofluoric acid and mercury. A solution to this problem could be the installation of filters in ventilation systems.This will reduce the impact on the environment, but carbon emissions will still remain significant. An ecologically clean alternative is bio-cremation, in which the remains are dissolved by chemicals. To make the smoke really clean, do not use special tools for rapid combustion. Poisonous smoke can also generate containers of rubber or plastic.

Cremation causes air pollution.

Modern cremation furnaces already meet all the strictest requirements for air pollution. Filters hold all dangerous elements. It is no coincidence that in the US and Europe they are not afraid to place crematoria in the centers of large cities. And this myth does not contradict the previous one. Only the most advanced equipment and careful adherence to regulations allows crematoria to remain environmentally safe.

Cremation provides for the destruction of the body in a fire.

This statement seems natural, the more interesting it is to refute it. During the cremation procedure, the body of the deceased is placed in a specially designed oven, where it is exposed to a very high temperature. It reduces the body, removing gases and softening the bones. After the completion of this process, the remaining fragments are machine-processed, which turns the body into ashes. This substance is transmitted to relatives. In modern methods of cremation, fire is not used, the destruction of the body has become a quick and simple process.


When cremated, the remains turn into ashes.

Many people refer to cremation as the transformation of the body into ashes. In fact, the remains of ashes are not. They resemble small stones, which are bone fragments. After the body is exposed to extreme temperatures, the liquid evaporates and only parts of the bones remain. They are additionally processed in a high-speed blender-crusher. He turns the remains of bones into small gravel, texture and color reminiscent of ash. This sand is placed in a temporary container to be able to be handed over to relatives.

Cremation means giving up traditional funerals.

For some reason, many people think that the cremation of a loved one implies giving up the traditional farewell to him in an open coffin. In this regard, cremation is no different from the usual funeral. Relatives can hold traditional farewell ceremonies with their relatives, ordering any services that accompany the funeral. It is also possible to hold a requiem.

The body for cremation is placed in a coffin.

Even if you do not observe the sending of a person’s body to the oven, it will still be placed in a special container. Moving the deceased from the funeral home to the crematorium is done in the best form, most respectful for such a case. And preferably leave the body in the coffin. However, there are many forms of such a container. There is no reason to leave the body in an expensive coffin, which you will not see during the whole procedure. The most economical variants of containers are generally made of cardboard and many crematoria offer to use this option for free.

At the moment of burning the body, the head explodes, like an egg in a microwave.

There is a common misconception that a whole, without wounds, the head during cremation simply explodes. However, this legend was debunked by forensic experts who specifically watched the burning of several dozen bodies, wanting to debunk the myth. And the legend itself appeared, thanks to firefighters. They often found the bone fragments of the victims’ skulls apart from the body. In fact, the bones of the head have in some places thin areas, becoming fragile under the influence of fire. From the fall or water jets of the pumps, these fragments can separate from the skulls.

All that remains of a person after cremation is a pinch of dust.

Complete burning of the middle body lasts 2-3 hours. After this, there remains from one and a half to four kilograms of ashes. Talk about the “pinch” is not necessary.The mass of the remains depends on the structure of the bone tissue and the volume of the body. But in non-severe newborn children, even bones are not yet, only cartilage. From them, after cremation, nothing can stay.

When cremating, the body does not need embalming.

Normally embalming is not required. But if long-distance transportation of the body to the cremation site is planned or a long farewell ceremony, it is better to turn to embalming.

When cremating, you need to purchase an urn for the remains.

After the body cremation procedure, the ashes of a loved one are returned to his relatives in a temporary container. What to do next is up to them. The urn is a common solution, although there are many other options for placing ashes. It is poured into the sea (in America there are even certain standards that establish a distance from the shore), placed in reefs, sent into space and turned into decoration. In modern cemeteries you can place the remains of a loved one in a columbarium, an individual memorial, a family vault or niches. Since dust is non-toxic, there is no restriction on the type of container used.

The cremation procedure for animals is completely different than for humans.

The process of cremating a pet is almost identical to what is offered to humans. Usually, the veterinarian organizes the process, but you can also directly contact a crematorium specializing in working with animals.

Cremation is a rare procedure.

Today cremation is becoming more popular in large cities, where there are obvious problems with the land. Even in St. Petersburg and Moscow cremation is subject to 50-70% of the dead. This method is popular in the West. It is believed that soon every second dead person in the world will be cremated.

In the crematorium, several bodies are sent to the oven at once.

Some relatives frankly fear that their loved one will be cremated at the same time as someone else. This can lead to a mixture of dust. However, this contradicts all existing rules. Moreover, most furnaces are not designed to process more than one body at a time. Sometimes relatives, on the contrary, want two bodies to be cremated together. But here you can advise unless a special urn, for the storage of ashes just two people.


уже The body or organs that have been in the morgue for a long time can no longer be cremated.

This body can also be cremated. The cold stopped the decomposition process and the body seemed to be mummified for a while. And cremation will be even better, as the tissues will be dry and better burned. Successfully subjected to cremation and exhumed remains.

You can not see the procedure for cremation.

Most crematoria offer such a service, but on a fee basis and in case of a person’s involvement in a particular funeral. No one can just come and see the burning of a stranger without good reason. Relatives of crematoriums are offered a special room in which one can observe the process.

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