Making decisions about your final resting place isn’t always easy. There are a wide range of considerations, and you may wish to consult with family in the process. That said, this is also an incredibly personal decision that often comes down to how you feel about various options. If you or someone you know is looking into cremations in or near Susquehanna county or Broome County, rest assured that there are local professionals available to make your decisions easier. Difficult though they may be, such decisions certainly shouldn’t weigh on you for an extended period of time. That is especially true when it comes to cremation. What should go into such a decision, and how should it be made? Is cremation right for you? How will you know? Here are a few items to think about before discussing your decision with a funeral director.
First, are you comfortable with the idea of cremation itself? For some, the idea of a deceased body being subject to extreme heat may be distressing. That may not sound entirely rationale, but objections to cremation are perfectly understandable nevertheless. You should know that the process is extremely professional and generally only lasts around three hours. The furnace in which the body is placed is carefully monitored and generally controlled by way of computer programming. That may not address everyone’s concerns, but it can certainly alleviate a few. You should also rest assured that bodies are carefully identified before cremation and that there is virtually no risk of a mix-up. The entire process is taken very seriously and a number of important safeguards remain in place from start to finish.
Some are also concerned about whether or not cremation is consistent with their religious views. Some religious factions may still object to cremation, but it is and has been widely practiced around the world for some time. Some Christian communities were previously concerned about cremation due to beliefs in the resurrection of the body. The vast majority of those communities no longer object to cremation.
Those thinking about cremation may wonder what will become of their remains. Of course, wishes to this effect can and should be clarified in advance whenever possible. If you are thinking about the possibility of cremation already, you may as well consider the range of possibilities when it comes to your cremated remains. They may be buried, interred, scattered, kept at home or otherwise used in a more creative fashion (jewelry, tattoos, tree planting, etc.). Again, there are no right or wrong answers here.
Much ultimately depends upon what you and your family are comfortable with. At the very least, cremation should not be scary. It is widely practiced in the United States, now every bit as frequently as traditional burial. If you are seriously looking into cremations in the Pennsylvania or New York area, consider reaching out to Savage Funeral Service. We look forward to working with you and your family in a caring and professional fashion, meeting your needs and answering any questions you may have in the process. Feel free to visit us or place a phone call to (570) 465-2335.