Cremation Ceremonies and Rituals to Honor Your Loved One

A cremation urn.

Burial ritual cremations are observed by many religions, and some even incorporate the cremation into the funeral service. There are few religions that do not allow this ritual, including Orthodox Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, some fundamental Christians and Muslims.

Burial Rituals: Cremation

A cremation is a relatively simple procedure. An individual may be placed either into a container, or directly into the cremation chamber. The chamber is then heated to 1,500 to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It usually takes approximately three hours to cremate a full-grown adult.

After the cremation is completed, the remains are removed and allowed to cool. Any metal is removed, such as prosthetics, metal pins from surgery or clothing that the individual was wearing when they were put into the chamber. Gold or other metal tooth fillings are not removed and are included in the remains that are given to the family. The ashes and bone fragments are then processed to make them more uniform and they can then be given to the family. If an urn hasn't been purchased, the remains are usually placed in a box or plastic container and delivered to the family or funeral home.

Funeral Preparations for Cremation

An individual does not need to be embalmed before they are cremated. The family can still view the body, as it is kept cool in a special refrigeration unit until the cremation is performed. Most cremations cannot be done without a 24- to 48-hour waiting period. Most states require this in order to rule out any suspicious deaths that would require an autopsy.A funeral home can help you arrange the details of the funeral, including the service at the church. Wakes can still be held for the family and friends, and many offer memorial services at the funeral home as well. Church services are usually held after the individual has been cremated. An urn at the front of a church gives mourners a focal point during church services.

Burial and Scattering Services

Those who have chosen to be cremated may opt to either be placed in an urn, buried or have their ashes scattered. There are many urn gardens for families who choose to bury their loved ones in an urn. A funeral home can help a family make these arrangements. They can also help a family arrange for services to scatter ashes, which can be handled through proper legal channels. In some areas, dumping ashes can land you in jail or at the very least, a large fine.


Among the many burial rituals, cremation is acceptable in many of the world's religions. Planning a cremation for a loved one can be done with the assistance of your local funeral home. Wakes can still be done for individuals that have requested a cremation. Memorial services or church services are usually done after an individual has been cremated. Due to local laws, it is important to make arrangements for scattering ashes through the funeral home or a scattering service provider. Finally, a person can be buried in an urn or their family may choose to keep the urn in their home as a remembrance.

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Cremation Ceremonies and Rituals to Honor Your Loved One