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If you have recently lost a loved one, you will probably have to deal with a lot of talk about funeral and cremation matters. However, if you have never had to arrange a funeral before, all of this could be new and confusing to you.

At Bay Cremation Care, we understand that having to manage funeral planning alongside grieving your departed family member can be very tough. If you are considering having your loved one cremated but are still wondering about all of the details, please continue reading to learn all about this process. 

What Is Cremation?

Cremation is a procedure that has become increasingly common throughout the years. It is the process of burning the deceased’s body to turn it into ashes, which are, in this case, also known as ‘cremains.’ The cremains are then transferred into an urn of your choice.

As you probably know, funeral and cremation services will cost you some money. Although, if you are on a budget, you should know that cremation is often cheaper than burial – especially if you choose to work with a pre-priced plan, like our fixed price farewells.

How Are Bodies Cremated?

The process of cremation is relatively simple and easy to understand. Your loved one will be well taken care of and prepared respectfully before the actual cremation happens, and afterwards, their cremains will be given to you.

After the proper paperwork has been completed, such as the correct identification of the deceased’s body and authorisation of the procedure, the proceedings may begin.

First, the deceased’s body will be prepared. This usually involves cleaning and dressing them. They are generally not embalmed unless embalming was explicitly requested. The funeral director who is conducting the cremation will also remove any jewellery or accessories unless they were asked to leave some with the deceased. Any medical devices or prosthetics will also be removed to avoid reacting with the high heat of the furnace. 

Once that is completed, the deceased will be placed into a selected coffin or appropriate container and taken to the cremation chamber. The cremation chamber is a specially designed furnace built to handle the high temperatures required to incinerate a human body.

After the cremation process has been completed, the remains will be appropriately inspected and then prepared into cremains. Then, the cremains will be placed into an urn or other container of the family’s choice and returned to them. 

Although funeral and cremation processes tend to take a bit of time, cremation generally takes a much shorter time to complete when compared to other funeral services. 

Why Should I Choose To Have My Departed Loved One Cremated?

Cremation comes with several differences that set it apart from other, more traditional funeral services. A few of these differences that you should be aware of are:

Low Cost. As mentioned above, cremation tends to be cheaper than burial. When your loved one is cremated, and their cremains are put into an urn, you will be able to take them back home, rather than having to pay for a burial plot in a cemetery. 

More Flexible Timing. If you choose to have your loved one’s body embalmed to hold a viewing, you will be under a time constraint to hold the funeral service soon. On the other hand, if you have the deceased cremated and retrieve their cremains, you will have much more control over when the service will occur. Your loved one’s remains will be safe while you get the service in order. 

More Personalisation. If you would like to have your loved one’s cremains scattered, rather than having them stay with you in their selected urn, then you will be able to have an ash scattering ceremony to honour them. 

This way, instead of having them buried in a cemetery, you can scatter their ashes in a meaningful location. For example, if they have a favourite park or beach they adored, you could perhaps send them off there while remembering them in life. Although, you should always make sure that you are allowed to scatter ashes in a location before actually doing so.  

Who Can I Speak To About Arranging A Funeral Service?

From saving you money to allowing you to hold a more meaningful funeral service, cremation can offer you many benefits. If any of the advantages mentioned above sound appealing to you, then this option may be the best choice for you.

If you would like to speak to a team of qualified professionals about funeral and cremation services in New Zealand, you can get in touch with us through our contact page or by calling us at (07) 282 7922.

Saying farewell to a departed loved one is always difficult, and arranging their funeral matters while you are still mourning is even more challenging. However, with our help, we can make the process easier for you and help you with every step along the way. So send your loved one off with dignity and grace by working with Bay Cremation Care.