7 Things You Didn’t Know About Cremation Remains

Posted on January 17, 2022 by McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc. under cremation services
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Whether you consider cremation an option or aren’t in the headspace for choosing yet, this list will benefit you. Even if not for you, funeral and cremation services in Loudonville, NY, recommend keeping yourself abreast on the subject nonetheless.

Understandably, death and all it brings up isn’t most people’s favorite thing. But it is an undeniable fact of life nonetheless, one that can not only make for an interesting conversation but also can influence your choices considerably.

On that note, here are seven quick facts on cremation remains you didn’t know or probably had wrong all along.

1. First of all, they are no ashes

Though everyone calls them ashes, they are, in fact, not at all. The more accurate term is cremated remains or cremains for short.

2. What does this “ash” actually look like?

Cremation remains can range from grey to white. At the finished stage, the ground bone matter appears uniform like ash but is more coarse to the touch like beach sand.

In some cases, depending on the cremation method, among other factors, the full color range can go from pasty white to gray to brownish.

3. How much cremains are there after a cremation?

On average, an adult human’s cremated remains weigh about five pounds, give or take. Original bone density is proportional to the ashes produced after the cremation, so naturally, children make less.

Children’s ashes are estimated to total about 2.5% of their body weight in life, while a fully grown person can be up to 3.5%.

4. Does the coffin add to the cremation ashes?

The amount of heat it takes to cremate a body is higher than it takes to completely burn (with little or no remnants) the kinds of containers used. Containers used are called cremation coffins – sturdy wooden or cardboard boxes.

The fancy, expensive coffins with incombustible materials may be rented if needed for the funeral or memorial service. Then the body is transferred into the wooden container for cremation.

5. What if I don’t want my ashes scattered?

Though scattering is popularly associated with cremation, it is not the only way to dispose of remains. Cremains can be placed in an urn and/or buried as you would a body in a casket.

Placement options range from the top of your mantel at home to permanent memorialization in a columbarium niche. There are also burial plots for inurnments in cemeteries, which are smaller than traditional plots.

6. Does inurnment cost the same as a traditional burial?

How much it costs to bury or permanently entomb an urn depends on many things. The type of urn, the space or property used (privately owned or public), attached services, etc., all factor into the total cost of burial.

However, in terms of burial space only, it costs a little over half the price of traditional plots at a cemetery to inter cremation remains.

7. Beyond scattering, burial, or entombment

cremation services in Loudonville, NYDid you know that cremation also offers more disposition options beyond the above? One can even decide to have multiple memorial types for one person’s ashes.

Memorial jewelry, glass art, silver, vases, orbs, etc., are some options that you can make your cremation remains into. Memorial necklaces, rings, charms, and the likes come with a discreet enclosure where you can keep a small portion of a beloved person’s ashes as a keepsake.

One could also get a biodegradable urn and plant a tree with the ashes or mix it with cement and make a monument out of it, like a park bench.

Barring religious or cultural prohibitions, your disposition options for cremation remains are as good as your imagination.

Understandably, the creative juices may not flow quite as well when these ideas are needed.

The good news is, cremation services in Loudonville, NY, are teeming with ideas and information not covered here. Give us a call or visit us at McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc. for your unique cremation and related needs.