Is Cremation the Right Choice? Addressing Common Misconceptions About Cremation.

Is Cremation the Right Choice? Addressing Common Misconceptions About Cremation.

Cremation is just one option you have as you make final arrangements for your loved one, or even as you pre-plan your own arrangements. But because it can be very hard to talk about these things, many misconceptions exist. These misconceptions can create unnecessary fears or uncertainties surrounding the cremation process, and lead to misunderstandings. Let’s talk openly about cremation and some of the most common misconceptions you may hear. By shedding light on the facts, we hope to provide clarity and help individuals make informed decisions when considering cremation as an option for themselves or their loved ones.


Understanding Cremation

What Is Cremation?
Cremation is a method of final disposition for the deceased that involves the transformation of the body into ashes through intense heat. It is an alternative to traditional burial and seems to be a more and more popular choice for Canadians in recent years. Cremation allows for various options, such as scattering the ashes or keeping them in an urn.

Misconceptions About Cremation
Cremation is a topic that often elicits strong emotions and can be surrounded by misunderstandings. Let's address some of the common myths and misconceptions about cremation and separate fact from fiction.

Myth 1: Cremation is an Irreversible Process
One of the most persistent myths is that once a body is cremated, there's no turning back. However, this is far from the truth. While cremation does involve the transformation of a body through intense heat, it is still possible to have a traditional funeral or memorial service before or after cremation. And families can choose to scatter or inter the ashes in a cemetery, keep them in an urn or other memorial vessels, or even a combination of both.

Myth 2: Cremation is Environmentally Unfriendly
Another prevalent misconception is that cremation has a negative impact on the environment. While it's true that cremation releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, modern cremation facilities have implemented advanced technologies to minimize emissions and reduce their environmental footprint. Some facilities even use filters to capture harmful substances, making cremation a relatively eco-friendly option compared to traditional burial methods.

Myth 3: Cremation is Against Religious Beliefs
Contrary to popular belief, many religions and faiths embrace cremation as a valid form of final disposition. In fact, some religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, have long-standing traditions and rituals associated with cremation. However, it is essential to consult with your religious leaders or practitioners to understand the specific guidelines or customs related to cremation within your faith.

Myth 4: Cremation Means You Can't Have a Funeral
This myth often leads to misunderstandings about the grieving process. The truth is that cremation does not eliminate the possibility of having a meaningful funeral or memorial service. Families can choose to have a traditional service with a viewing before cremation or hold a memorial gathering after the cremation process. These ceremonies provide an opportunity for loved ones to come together, honour the deceased, and find comfort in their shared memories.

Myth 5: Cremation is Only for Those with Financial Constraints
While it is true that cremation can be a more cost-effective option compared to traditional burial, the decision to choose cremation is not solely driven by financial considerations. Many individuals opt for cremation due to personal preferences, environmental concerns, or a desire for simplicity. It is important to remember that choosing cremation is a personal decision that should align with your values and beliefs.

Compassionate Cremations Service At Prairie Rose

By addressing these common myths and misconceptions, we hope to dispel any unfounded fears or concerns surrounding cremation. It's crucial to seek accurate information and have open discussions to make informed choices when it comes to end-of-life decisions. Cremation, like any other funeral option, has its own set of advantages and considerations, and understanding the facts can help individuals and families navigate this sensitive topic with confidence and clarity.

Prairie Rose Cremation & Funeral Services is dedicated to offering a range of meaningful options that empower your family to make well-informed choices for honouring and remembering your departed loved one. From your initial contact, we stand alongside you, providing guidance and unwavering support throughout this challenging period. To guarantee compassionate and respectful care for your loved one or to discuss pre-planning funeral services, schedule a no-obligation consultation with us today. Reach out to us by phone or conveniently connect through our online contact form.


There are various options for the final disposition of cremated remains. They can be kept in an urn or other suitable container and placed in a columbarium or displayed at home. Alternatively, the ashes can be scattered in a designated area, such as a scattering garden or a meaningful location. Some families also choose to inter the ashes in a burial plot or even incorporate them into memorial jewelry or keepsakes. The choice of how to handle cremated remains is personal and can be tailored to honour the wishes of the deceased and the preferences of their loved ones.

No, embalming is not required before cremation. Embalming is a preservation process typically used for viewings or visitations before a traditional burial. It is not necessary for cremation, but if a family wishes to have a viewing or visitation before cremation, embalming may be recommended, but it is ultimately a personal choice.

In most cases, personal belongings are not cremated with the deceased. It is common practice to remove any items that may interfere with the cremation process, such as jewelry, pacemakers, or other potentially hazardous materials. Some exceptions can be made for small, non-hazardous items of significant sentimental value. Talk to our team and we can advise you.

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