Answering Some Cremation Questions That Stem From The Nature Of Human Curiosity

Cremation is more popular these days than traditional burial is. However, there are still a lot of questions hanging around that tend to stem from people just being curious as humans often are about matters associated with death. Here are a few of those questions and the answers you may be interested to know. 

Are the cremains you get actually of the deceased?

This is a really common question, and there are a lot of myths surrounding the whole idea. For whatever reason, many people believe that when they get their loved one's cremains, they are not all from the deceased. To some degree, the ashes you see are not completely the actual person; the cremation container particles will also be included, as well as any other ash that comes about during the cremation process as sort of a byproduct. However, great care is taken to ensure your loved one's remains are not mingled with anyone else's. All equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between cremations to make sure of it. 

What happens to the deceased person's teeth?

Even though teeth are essentially bone with an added layer of enamel, many people assume that these parts of the body would remain after cremation. The crematorium is hot enough to reduce solid bone to ash and small fragments, and the same thing does happen to the deceased's teeth. Therefore, teeth fragments, whatever may be remaining, get processed along with other bone fragments to create ashes with a finer consistency. 

Will the person being cremated have on clothing?

This is an option left up to the family members. Some people hold a funeral before cremation and choose a cremation outfit, which does go into the crematorium with the person unless otherwise desired. 

What kind of fuel is used, and will the body be contaminated?

Crematoriums use various clean-burning fuel sources to power the crematorium. Most utilize either propane or natural gas because it burns the hottest and most efficiently, but these are both clean-burning fuels. Therefore, no residual fuel particles will be left in the cremated remains after the process. 

Is cremation really bad for the environment?

There has been some speculative information circulating about the environmental impact of cremation from an emissions standpoint, but most of this information is not founded on facts and actual measurements. Yes, crematoriums use a lot of fuel during cremation, but they also rely on clean-burning fuels to combat carbon emissions. 

To learn more about cremation, contact a funeral home.