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Cremations is becoming more and more popular across the U.S.A compared to burial and is the number one type of disposition in Washington state. Whatcom county alone maintains a cremation rate above 70%. This option of disposition is chosen for any number of religious, spiritual, environment, or economical reasons.
The remains are placed in a combustible container and moved to a special furnace called a cremation chamber or a 'crematory'. Then, by intense heat, it is reduced to bone fragments, which are crushed to resemble course sand. The cremated remains of an average adult body will weigh approximately 7-8 pounds.
With cremation, remains can be scattered or buried, or they may be kept with the family in a decorative urn. There are also many new and unique ways to dispose of ashes. You can place cremated remains in an artificial, coral reef in the ocean, they can be launched into space, sent up in helium balloons, or they can be spun into glass pieces of art or jewelry of your choosing.
Religious Views on Cremation
- The Catholic Church banned cremation until 1963, and burial remains their preferred form of disposition today.
- Other Christian denominations have historically discouraged cremation, but are more and more accepting of the practice today.
- In eastern religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, cremation is mandated.
- Islam strictly forbids cremation.
- Orthodox Jews also forbid cremation; other sects of Judaism support cremation, but burial remains the preferred option.
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