5 Interesting Facts About Cremation

By: Brian K. Daly
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cremation is fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional funerals. Around 50% of all Americans choose cremation over burials because it is considered more eco-friendly and is comparatively affordable. At Ocean County Cremation Service, we are always willing to answer any question you may have about this service in detail. Here are some interesting facts you may not know about this process:

1. More Affordable

Most people know that cremation is more affordable than burial but it is easy to underestimate just how cheap it actually it. Basic cremations only cost around 25% of the traditional burial costs. People can save thousands of dollars by choosing this option.

2. Ashes aren’t Ashes

Most people assume that cremation creates fine ash after all remains are burnt and this ash is stored in urns. Those ashes are fragments of bone that are ground into a fine powder an industrial grinder.

3. It Takes Time and Power

The human body is very resilient, which is why most cremations take 2-3 hours to finish. A cremation chamber must reach around 1400°F in temperature for a body to start breaking down.

4. Cremation is an Ancient Rite

Most people assume that cremation is a new-age fad, but this process has been around for several millennia. It may be one of the oldest forms of ceremoniously disposing of a loved one's body.

5. People Can Still Have a Grave

Many people choose traditional burials because they want a gravesite to visit or find comfort in. Around 10% of all cremations bodies are buried in cemeteries. Some families also bury the ashes in their backyard and plant a tree over it. 

If you want to know more or want to arrange for a service, contact us at Ocean County Cremation Service today. We’ll be happy to help.

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