Cremation services in Silver Spring, MD are as common and funerals with casket burials. One reason this is the case is that cremations are the most cost-effective of body dispositions. The lower cost is not the only reason accounting for the increasing popularity of cremations. There are other reasons like the simplicity of the body disposition. But if you decide to plan a cremation for a deceased loved one, you’ll want to ensure you know what’s involved.
What follows are some cremation questions and answers you’ll want to familiarize yourself with.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is a body disposition process where a deceased body is placed into a cremation chamber. The heat generated inside the cremation chamber reduced the body to its basic elements, and then the bone fragments are ground up into cremation ashes.
Is Embalming a Requirement Ahead of the Cremation?
You do not have to embalm your deceased loved one prior to their cremation. There are some circumstances where embalming might be preferable. You can consult with a funeral director.
Does the Deceased Have to be Placed into a Casket Before the Cremation?
Your deceased loved one does have to be placed into a casket or into a suitable alternative container prior to being placed into the cremation chamber. Again, you can ask the funeral director about your options. If you don’t want to spend money on a traditional casket, you can get a cardboard casket for a nominal cost.
Can I Scatter Ashes Wherever I Want?
Two things you’ll be glad to know is that ashes have no negative impact on either the environment or on the general public. You’ll be able to scatter the ashes on water, on land, and in the air. If you wish to scatter the ashes on private property, you may as long as you have permission from the landowner. The funeral home you hire will be able to advise you if there’s a specific area you’d like to scatter the ashes. They can even sell you a scattering urn.
How Can I be Sure I’m Getting My Loved One’s Ashes in the Urn?
The good news is that funeral home staff only place a single body at a time in the crematory. So there will be no chance of your getting a stranger’s ashes in the urn you take home with you. The staff at the funeral home can give you a tour of the facility so that you get the peace of mind you need to proceed with confidence.
You can count on us when you need a provider of cremation services in Silver Spring, MD? We’re a family owned and operated funeral home that has been serving the community since the early 1900s. This means we have deep roots in the area and a connection to the people here. For the help you require, you can reach us by phone to speak with one of our licensed industry professionals. You can also visit our office to speak to someone in person.