As the popularity of cremation continues to grow in the United States, we receive more and more questions about cremation. We find many people still do not fully understand cremation, and we often hear myths about cremation. This section of our website is dedicated to teaching you all about cremation. The pages below have been written by Potomac Valley professionals in hopes that Maryland families can improve their education about cremation facts and to help families feel more empowered in their end-of-life decisions.
Often people struggle to decide if cremation is right for them or their loved one. The starting point to this decision is to first understand and become informed with the facts of cremation.
First, lets get a clear, simple definition of cremation:
Cremation is a method of body disposal that acts as an alternative to burial. Cremation reduces a body to ash by exposing it to very high temperatures within a large furnace. Many people simply think cremation involves setting the body on fire and letting it burn. However, the overall cremation process is much more technical in nature and done with complete care. Click here to learn about our cremation process in full.
The Cremation Decision
What are some factors that you will have to consider when deciding on cremation? All of them are deeply personal and significant: there are your spiritual/religious beliefs, your level of environmental consciousness, financial considerations, and the expectations of your immediate family and your wider social group.
As you dive into the pages below, have these questions in mind:
1) How do you feel about the idea of cremation? What about burial? Purely based on emotions, which one makes you feel better?
2) Is cost a big concern for you? When it comes to end-of-life planning, are you most interested in saving you and your family money?
3) What does your religion say about cremation? Will your religious or spiritual beliefs have a great impact on the decision to cremate?
4) Do you have concerns about reducing pollution and being as environmentally friendly as possible?
5) How do you think your family and friends will react to your decision? What are their end-of-life plans?
Perhaps the decision between cremation and burial is an easy one for you. But if it is not, keep the factors and questions we outlined above in mind as you go through the pages below. The resources below provide reputable cremation information that will debunk myths and will grow your knowledge.
If you want to talk to a cremation expert instead, please contact us today. We can answer questions over the phone, by email, or we can even setup an in-person appointment.
Benefits of Cremation
There are a number of reasons people choose cremation over a traditional burial. This page is dedicated to teaching you about them and helping you understand why you might choose cremation for your loved one.
How Cremation Works
Curious about how cremation works? Click here for some insight into the process that our certified crematory operators take.
The History of Cremation
Detailing the reasons why cremation is the preference of a growing number of families, this page also covers additional questions to ask once the cremation decision has been made.
Religious Views on Cremation
Many people who come to us are deeply concerned about how religious views on cremation will affect their cremation decision. If you're considering cremation and need reliable information about religion and cremation to help make the choice, we urge you to read this page.
One of the most popular features of our website is this compilation of frequently-asked questions. Gathered over the course of years, our cremation FAQ includes inquiries about the cremation process, memorial service and memorialization options, as well as what's involved in making cremation arrangements.
What is Direct Cremation
Many area residents come to us for our direct cremation services. If your family wants a clear, concise answer to the question "What is direct cremation?" we urge you to read this informative article detailing the process, the costs involved, and its many advantages.