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June 24 2019

The Answers to the Most Common Questions About Cremation Services

Even though cremation is more popular than ever, many families still have questions about cremation services. Find out everything you need to know about cremations today.

People are a lot more familiar with cremation and all that it entails today than they were just 10 or 20 years ago. It’s a big part of the reason why so many people are choosing cremation services in Salt Lake City, UT over traditional burials. The national cremation rate has risen up above 50 percent in recent years, and it’s due in large part to the fact that people have become educated about cremation.

That being said, there are still a lot of people who have questions about cremation and the cremation process. Those questions are preventing some people from choosing cremation. Let’s take a few minutes to provide answers to several of the most common questions about cremation services.

What exactly is cremation?

At this point, most people know what cremation is, but there might still be some people who are confused about it. Specifically, some people are still under the assumption that cremation involves placing a person’s body into a fire to turn it into ashes. This is not the case. In reality, the Salt Lake City, UT cremation process involves placing a person’s body into a crematory and using heat to vaporize it. This process plays out over the course of several hours and results in the creation of a person’s cremated remains.

Where can cremations take place?

Not all funeral homes are qualified to perform cremations. The cremation industry is highly regulated, and there are all kinds of rules that funeral homes must follow when providing cremation services. Make sure you work with a funeral home that has extensive experience with cremation before you turn to them for help with a loved one’s cremation.

Do all religions allow cremation?

For a long time, many religions were steadfastly against the idea of cremation. There are still a few, including Judaism and Islam, that don’t allow cremation in any way, shape, or form. But others, like Catholicism and most branches of Christianity, now accept cremation as a viable option. You should check with your religious leaders to see where your religion stands on cremation.

Is it possible for one person’s remains to get mixed up with someone else’s remains?

One of the things that people worry about most when their loved one is being cremated is their loved one’s remains getting mixed up with someone else’s. But they don’t have anything to worry about because it’s not possible for this to happen. Only one person can be cremated at a time inside of a crematory. And when their cremation is finished, crematories must follow a strict clean-up process to ensure that remains do not get mixed up.

What should families do with cremated remains following cremation?

At the end of the cremation process, families will receive their loved one’s remains. They’ll have the opportunity to do almost anything they want with them. Their options include taking the remains home and displaying them in an urn, burying them at a cemetery, scattering them in a special place, or storing them in a mausoleum. Each individual family will have to make a decision as far as what they want to do with their loved one’s remains.

If you have additional questions about cremation, Larkin Mortuary has answers. We can also provide you with answers to questions about our other Salt Lake City, UT funeral services. Reach out to us at (801) 363-5781 today or schedule a meeting with one of our funeral directors at 260 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.


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