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Debunking the Top 10 Cremation Myths

Discover the truth behind common cremation myths with our informative guide. Covering everything you need to know about cremation costs, concerns, and more- our team of experts bring you the information to help inform your decision. Read on to find out more.

Cremation myths

Losing a loved one is never easy, and planning their farewell in any format can be overwhelming. If you're considering choosing cremation, it's essential to separate fact from fiction, and make an informed decision for a service suited to you. Traditional funerals work for some, but for others the cremation process can provide a more affordable, flexible and personal approach.

At such a difficult time, it can be tricky navigating uncertainty on cremation cost, cremation services and funeral director fees. To help bring some clarity to you and your family, we break down some of the most commonly believed myths. Helping you plan the service required to honour your loved ones, with a full range of options on price, location and memorial service ideas.

Myth 1: Cremation is not a respectful way to say goodbye to your loved one.

Truth: This is simply not true. Cremation can be a dignified and respectful way to say goodbye to a loved one. In fact, many people opt for a basic, direct cremation, which is a simple, yet dignified process that bypasses a traditional funeral service.

This can be a more personalised way to honour your loved one, as you can choose to have a private memorial service or scattering of ashes in a location that was meaningful to them. In not only minimising cremation costs, a direct cremation can also go above and beyond in taking off the pressure (and extra costs) to organise funeral cars and elaborate details of a traditional funeral service.

Myth 2: Cremation is more expensive than traditional burial.

Truth: While it's true that funeral costs can vary depending on the services you choose, cremation can actually be a more affordable option than traditional burial. For example, direct cremation can often cost less than a full traditional funeral service, and there are no additional costs for a burial plot or headstone.

Cremation can be more flexible than a traditional funeral or burial- reducing the need for extra services which may drive up the price.

Myth 3: Cremation is a complicated process.

Truth: Cremation is actually a straightforward process that involves reducing the body to ashes. While there are some legal requirements and paperwork involved, a funeral director can guide you through the process and take care of all the necessary arrangements. Whilst the specifics of cremation services vary, it offers a simplistic final farewell option for the deceased.

Myth 4: You cannot have a funeral service if you choose cremation.

Truth: You can absolutely have a funeral service if you choose cremation. Many families choose to have a traditional funeral service followed by cremation, while others opt for a memorial service after the cremation has taken place.

The services surrounding cremation varies depending on many factors- such as budget, family preferences and specific needs. With this in mind, a cremation does not take away the option to have a large service with personal additions- such as songs, speakers and speeches.

Myth 5: Cremation is not environmentally friendly.

Truth: While cremation does release some emissions into the air, many crematoriums have implemented measures to minimise their environmental impact. Additionally, there are eco-friendly options available, such as biodegradable urns and scattering at sea.

Choosing cremation can be one of the best ways to host a greener goodbye. A cremation service cuts out the need for harmful embalming chemicals, as well as environmentally costly additions of cars and decorations.

Myth 6: You need a casket for cremation

Fact: you do not need a casket for cremation, although many crematories require a rigid container to hold the body. For your cremation service, you can use a simple wooden or cardboard box- the average cost of this option varies, however it is much less expensive than a traditional casket.

Myth 7: Cremation is not allowed by some religions

Fact: While some religions have traditionally favoured burial, many now permit cremation, including Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

Even with a basic cremation, this service offers the opportunity to add in personal details which can honour you and your loved ones personal or religious beliefs. Whether thats holding a chapel service, including religious speakers or carrying out traditional rituals- the flexibility of cremation services facilitate all religions.

Myth 8: Cremation is a quick process that happens immediately after death

Fact: Cremation doesn't happen immediately after death. The body must be prepared and placed in a cremation chamber, which can take up to 48 hours. During this time, crematorium experts will ensure the body is cared for with upmost respect and expertise- offering loved ones the peace of mind that the deceased is being looked after as best as possible.

Myth 9: You need more paperwork than a traditional burial to arrange cremation

Fact: You need a death certificate to arrange any type of final disposition, including cremation.

Funeral directors are experienced in handling necessary paperwork, and can assist you in obtaining the necessary documents for cremation. These are no different to those required for a burial service, and do not impact the cost of a cremation.

Myth 10: Cremation is a lonely, impersonal option

Fact: Cremation can be just as meaningful and personal as traditional burial.

You can still work with a funeral director to hold a meaningful service, which can include a viewing, personal details to honour the deceased, and involve family and friends. Having more flexibility on how you celebrate your loved one with their ashes can also make a cremation ceremony more personal than a traditional funeral.

To Wrap Up

In conclusion, cremation can be a respectful, affordable, and environmentally-friendly option for a final farewell. In offering flexibility on ceremony details, cremation can help minimise costs without compromising on making the process meaningful.

With this in mind, it's important to remember that there's no right or wrong choices when it comes to honouring the memory of a loved one. Whatever you choose, do so with confidence, knowing that you are making a decision that is right for you and your family.

How Safewill Can Help

Safewill cremations offers an affordable, fixed price direct cremation service. Our team of compassionate experts are available 24/ 7 to support you at your time of need- here to support your family and ensure all the details are taken care of.

Call one of our dedicated funeral planners for a one-to-one chat on how we can support you. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1300 730 639, or via livechat now.

Last updated 24th April 2023
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