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D.R. Crawford Funeral Home is happy to provide the following information to assist you in funeral planning or to answer general questions about funerals, burial, cremation, and related issues. And, as always, we are available anytime to answer any questions you have.
Cremation is best described, in slightly scientific terms, as the process by which the typically slow oxidation or decomposition of the body is accelerated. When cremation is chosen, no casket is legally required. However, some manner of simple container is necessary. Some crematories will accept metal caskets, whereas most require the container to be of a flammable material.
When cremation is chosen for a loved one, the remains can be kept and stored by the family. In many cases, the remains are stored in a vase or urn and kept on display. In some cases, a family may wish to take the remains in a simply cardboard box supplied by the crematory, and scatter the remains in a special place - sometimes over water.
Further options include burying the remains in a normal cemetery plot or placed in a mausoleum. Cremation is becoming a more popular choice for many for several reasons. Many people believe that it is more important to honor the spirit of their loved one, and not to celebrate the body. Cremation allows this process to occur for some. Cremation allows for the body to be returned to the elements much more quickly, without the lengthy process of normal decomposition
Some believe that a cremated body becomes "one with nature" immediately. Still, others choose cremation due to environmental concerns associated with traditional burial in concrete vaults and metal coffins. Cremation can be a more cost effective alternative to traditional burial. Yet it remains important to note that any services associated with the passing of a loved one will still involve a certain level of expense. This will depend, primarily, on the decisions a family makes regarding handling the various aspects of the loved one's passing.