Many people would think that cremation is simply burning the body of a recently departed loved one and storing the remains in an urn, which may be placed in a part of a house or in a crematorium. This is not always so. Generally, cremating is reducing a body to its most basic elements through subjecting the dead body to extreme vaporization and head. The incineration process is done in a crematorium’s cremating chamber. The remains after an incineration are described as dried bone fragments or skeletal remains that are pulverized further in order to attain a fine powder of even consistency.
There are several cultures, particularly in Japan and Taiwan, wherein the remains after the incinerating process are not always pulverized as the remains are utilized in a bone-picking rite that is done before the last interment. In Hinduism, dead bodies are not usually disposed of in the conventional cremation procedure. Instead, the body is placed on a wood pile or pyre in order to induce a detachment spirit in one’s departed soul. Cremating procedures can be done with or without visitation/viewing and funeral services. Normally, people prefer direct cremating procedures when inexpensive, quick, and simple cremating processes are needed because immediate or direct cremations are not inclusive of memorial and funeral services. There are instances when families must have memorial services for loved ones after the cremating process as these services help the deceased person’s family or relatives cope with grief and express their sorrow.
There are various cremation types, depending on the manner in which one wishes to dispose of the remains of the dearly departed. The ashes may be scattered on water, on land, or into the air. The ashes may also be scattered on a private property. However, one must get permission from the owner. The remains may also be scattered on a public park provided that one should know the local regulations before doing so. The remains may also be scattered at a location that had been significant to the dearly departed. The remains may also be buried, placed in a crematorium, or even kept in the departed person’s family’s home.
After the cremation process, there are several ways of scattering the ashes
Some of these scattering methods include casting, trenching, raking, ringing, water scattering, and aerial scattering. When casting the remains, they are cast downwards and the wind direction must be checked before doing it. This scattering method can entail a group and ask each member in taking turns to partially scatter the ashes.
Trenching entails the digging of a shallow trench and pouring the remains in the trench and covering them with soil. Families may want to light candles in the trench area and even putting mementos to mark the area as well as the deceased loved one’s life. In raking, the remains are poured evenly on the soil and then raked to drive it into the ground. In ringing, a ring is formed to surround a particular object (maybe a tree) and the remains are poured in the formed ring.
When a family member does not want to scatter the remains of the dearly departed into the air, on the ground, or over water, the remains may still be entombed or buried. One can bury the remains in a cremation plot, place the urn in a niche in a columbarium, or place the urn in a mausoleum crypt. With these entombment options, there is no need to further pulverize the remains. If one wishes to bury the ashes in the family plot, the cremated remains may be put in an urn that is biodegradable.