One thing that makes us human is how we honor our dead. Our funeral traditions are among the things that make us different from animals. Throughout history, cultures and civilizations have always had some type of ritual to show our love and respect to those who have passed on, whether it is a burial or cremation.
A Brief History of Cremation
Cremation is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years. The first recorded cremation was in Hindu scriptures, and it quickly spread to other cultures, including the Greeks and Romans. In fact, many famous historical figures were cremated, including Julius Caesar, Socrates, and Hannibal.
The tradition eventually made its way to America in the late 1800s. It was actually brought over by immigrants who were cremating their loved ones in accordance with their cultural traditions.
However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that cremation really started to become popular in America. This is likely due to a combination of factors including the rise of secularism, the increased availability of cremation services, and the decreasing cost of cremation.
Although it was slow to catch on at first, cremation has become more popular in recent years due largely in part to its cost-effectiveness.
How Does Cremation Work?
Cremation is the process of reducing the body to its basic elements through the use of heat. The most common type of cremation is done using a chamber called a retort. The body is placed in the chamber, and it is heated to between 1,500 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
At these high temperatures, the body will quickly reduce to its basic elemental form which is primarily bone fragments and ash. The remaining bone fragments are then ground down into what is known as “cremains” or “ashes.” These ashes can then be scattered, buried, or kept by the family in an urn.
Cremation is a popular choice for many people because it is more affordable than a traditional burial. It is also seen as a more environmentally-friendly option because it doesn’t require the use of a casket or burial plot.
Trust Funeral Caring USA
If you are considering cremation for yourself or a loved one, Funeral Caring USA can help. We are a funeral home in San Antonio with our own crematorium. This means that we can offer you complete cremation services all in one place.
We understand that losing a loved one is never easy. But we hope that knowing your options and having access to affordable and professional cremation services can make the process just a little bit easier.