Planning for your eventual passing or dealing with the recent death of a loved on is never easy. In addition to the change, loss and grief, death also means dealing with making lots of difficult decisions from body preparation and memorial services, to choosing cremation services in Aspen, CO.
We here at Brown’s Cremation & Funeral Service understand how hard this entire process can be. That’s why we are committed to helping you in any way we can, but especially by making sure you have all the necessary information to make informed and proper decisions. One decision is whether or not to choose cremation for body disposition. To help you, we’ve compiled this article about cremation basics so you can be more prepared and at ease.
Cremation, in the most technical sense, is when a body is broken down to mineral fragments, gases and ashes by combustion, vaporization, and oxidization. This process has been used for thousands of years, but has become much more advanced in recent times. Breaking down a body is hard to do. It requires intense heat, oftentimes up to 18000 degrees Fahrenheit. The body is placed into a cremation chamber, and the chamber is heated by natural gas, oil or propane. The heat dries out the body until the bones are calcified into fragments and gases are fully secreted.
The gas then goes through a filtration system. After the bone fragments cool, they are ground into a fine ash inside a machine called a cremulator. The ash is put inside an urn or receptacle and returned to the family. A few interesting facts: It takes, on average, two full hours to cremate a body. Human bodies produce anywhere from three to seven pounds of ash.
As awful as it feels, cost is oftentimes one of the foremost concerns for any burial, preparation or cremation. Cremation is becoming more and more popular because it’s usually less expensive than other disposition choices.
Cremation costs usually include:
- Cremation equipment such as cremation caskets for burning or urns for ash holding.
- Funeral home services like body transportation, funeral home services and facilities, staff, and cremation fuel charges.
- Final resting place costs like burial plot or columbarium purchases. Be aware, there are also fees grave opening and closing, headstone installation and endowment care.
A lot of people are wary of cremation because of potential religious concerns. But, there are lots of different beliefs when it comes to cremation. In fact, some religions encourage or even require it. Its also important to remember that cremation doesn’t have to mean you can’t have a funeral or memorial service. Cremation is usually used in addition to other services to remember and honor the deceased.
Deciding if cremation is the right choice for our and your family, friends and loved ones is ultimately very personal, and depends on what values you deem most important. Brown’s Cremation & Funeral Service, located at 904 N 7th St Grand Junction, CO 81501, offers Aspen, CO cremation services and will give you any help we can. Call today at (970) 255-8888.