Cremation is another option for honoring a loved ones wishes regarding their choses for celebrating a life. Some religious beliefs prefer cremation, a desire to lower the carbon footprint on the environment, cremation may be a less expensive option when compared to a burial.
Cremated remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn. There are many new and different ways to dispose of ashes today, cremated remains can be placed in an artificial coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space or sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or diamonds.
Some religions welcome cremation while others forbid it. The Catholic Church had banned cremation up until 1963, and burial remains the preferred form of disposition today. In other Christian denominations cremation was historically discouraged but nowadays it is more widely accepted. In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism cremation is mandated, while in Islam it is strictly forbidden. Orthodox Jews also forbid cremation; other sects of Judaism support cremation, but burial remains the preferred option.
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What is Cremation?
Cremation is the process of reducing the human body to bone fragments using high heat and flame. Your loved one is placed in a alternative cremation container [does not have to be a casket]. This alternative cremation container is placed in a cremation chamber or a crematory where intense heat reduces the remains to bone fragments which are then crushed and pulverized to resemble course sand. Cremation is not an alternative to a funeral, but rather an alternative to burial or other forms of disposition. Cremation is not the final disposition of the remains, nor is it a type of funeral service.
Is a casket needed for Cremation?
No, a casket is not required, most states require an alternative cremation container constructed of wood or cardboard, however, in some states no container is required.
Is embalming required prior to cremation?
No. In fact it is against the law for a funeral home to tell you otherwise.
Can the body be viewed without embalming?
Yes, Miller's maintains a cooled environment to properly care for un-embalmed remains and encourages the selection of private family viewing for most families selecting cremation.
Can the family witness the cremation?
Yes they can; an appointment is made with the crematory allowing family members to be present when their loved one is placed in the cremation chamber. Some religious groups even include this as part of their funeral custom.
Can an urn be brought into church?
Yes, it is often encouraged that cremated remains be a part of a funeral. Miller's offers the unique ability to select pall bearers to carry a loved ones cremated remains. Providing a ceremonial act signifying the loved ones cherished memory and allows participation by family and friends, an integral part of our need to care for those we love.
What can be done with the cremated remains?
While laws vary state by state, for the most part remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or a cremation garden, interred in a columbarium, kept at home or scattered.
How can I be sure I receive the correct remains?
Our select cremation providers have developed rigorous sets of operating policies and procedures in order to maximize the level of service and minimize human error. It is illegal to perform more than one cremation at a time, and the vast majority of crematories can only cremate one body at a time, it is next to impossible to receive the incorrect remains.
Miller's maintains two Certified Crematory Operators on Staff, personally inspects our select cremation providers and has implemented its own unique S.E.C.U.R.E cremation process.
How long does the actual cremation take?
For an average sized adult, cremation can take two to three hours at a normal operating temperature of between 1,000 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit [New York State mandates cremation take place at 1800 degrees Fahrenheit].
What do the cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand or pebbles and are whitish to grey in color. The remains of an average sized adult usually weighs between 7 and 8 pounds.
Are all the cremated remains returned?
With the exception of minute and microscopic particles, which are impossible to remove from the cremation chamber and processing machine, all of the cremated remains are given back to the family.
Do I need an urn?
Cremated remains will be returned in a temporary plastic urn. Depending on the family's selection our professional staff will assist in selecting the appropriate urn for the services you are considering.