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What is a cremation?

That is a very good question #VGQ. Some phrases are banded around and it seems that everyone knows what 'that' is but actually, some people don't know. The best thing to do in this instance is to ask.

So, what exactly is a #cremation? When someone dies, there are currently two options for a funeral. A cremation and a burial. A cremation is a process that uses intense heat to reduce someone's remains to ash. This takes place at a #Crematorium, which is normally attached to a Cemetery or a Graveyard. Following this, the ashes are returned to their loved ones in an urn (a jar like receptacle). Animals can also be cremated but they usually go to a special Crematorium.

Once the ashes have been returned to you, you may wonder what to do with them. There are a number of options you can choose from:

  • Some people like to spread the ashes either at sea or in a park or a place that meant something to their loved one.

  • Other people like to use a #BioUrn to plant a tree. This tree can then be moved with you or planted in the ground in a special place.

  • You can keep the urn with you in a special place at home.

  • You can also inter the ashes at a cremation garden in your local Cemetery. You could even bury the ashes at home in your garden and plant a tree there.

  • Other people use clay seed balls to mix the ashes with seeds and clay. These can then be scattered on walks. Creating seed balls is a lovely way to get together with friends and family to remember them. You can create something to plant or scatter when out on walks.

There's no time limit on doing any of these things. You can also split the ashes up so you can have memorials at different places or to do a mix of the above.

I have watched a cremation taking place at my local Crematorium. I was very impressed at how organised and clean and professional it was. If you have any concerns about the process, you can speak to your Funeral Director or to the staff at the Crematorium. You can also view your loved one's cremation if need be. Although, it's an unusual request, it can be honoured.

If you have any comments or questions, let me know.


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