Many people now opt for a
cremation service rather than a burial service when funeral planning for a loved
one, or pre-planning a funeral for themselves. Cremation services are
less expensive and more environmentally-friendly than a burial in a cemetery.
Here is a look at some of the most common misconceptions about cremation,
and why they are not true:
Misconception: Cremation services are disrespectful.
Some people believe that cremation services are disrespectful to the deceased.
If your loved one did not want to be cremated, and left instructions for
a burial service and funeral service, you should honor his wishes. Crematoriums
are held to very strict standards when performing cremation services,
however, and during every step of the cremation process, the deceased
is handled with care and dignity. Funeral homes that have a crematorium
on site can give you detailed information about their cremation process.
Misconception: No religion allows cremation.
While some orthodox religions still disapprove of cremation services,
many cultures and religions do not have any ban on cremation. The Anglican,
Episcopalian, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, and Quaker churches
do not prohibit cremation, and the deceased may be cremated or interred
in a burial plot in a cemetery. For members of Hindu and Buddhist religions,
cremation is very common. Cremation services are prohibited for Orthodox
Jews, Eastern Orthodox, Mormons, Muslims, and Presbyterians.
Misconception: You won’t be able to hold a funeral ceremony.
Cremation services do not preclude you from holding a funeral ceremony,
cremation ceremony, or memorial service. Once you receive the ashes from
your funeral home or crematorium, they may be buried in a burial plot
at a cemetery, interred in a memorial park, kept in an urn, or scattered
somewhere meaningful. You can even preserve some ashes in an urn, and
bury or scatter the rest.
If you’re interested in learning more about
planning a cremation ceremony near Oahu, HI, come see us at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Our funeral home
has a crematorium on site, and we also have a beautiful memorial park
and Byodo-In temple on our grounds. To speak with a member of our staff
about cremation services, funeral services, or burial services, call us
today at (808) 239-8811.