A widely used alternative to burials is the cremation. Cremation is the incineration of the remains-- where the body is taken and placed in a specially designed furnace with intense heat of approximately 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit that reduces the body to bone fragments and ashes within a few hours.
Smoke and gases from the furnace are recirculated so it does not escape in the open air.
Cremains is the word coined for the ashes post-cremation. Families of the deceased may keep the ashes in an urn within their home. Meanwhile, other families prefer scattering of the ashes over a natural landscape, such as an ocean, river, stream, or ground. Some families prefer to erect a memorial headstone at a graveyard, burying the cremains in an urn at its forefront.
Some locations do not legally allow the scattering of remains, so it is best to seek advice first from the funeral director or memorial society.
Pewter, wood, and marble, are the three materials that constitute a cremation urn.
Cremation is cheaper than a traditional burial and thus the better financial option. Between $500 and $1000 is the cost for a cremation. Because of the ashes to ashes, dust to dust concept, many choose cremation.
Because cremation disposes of the body quickly, the funeral service date can be more flexible. Some memorial services are even as far as a month after death. Note that it is possible to be buried in one state, should cremation happen in another.
Two options you have for shipping the cremains are UPS and the U.S. Post Office. Note that the certificate of cremation must be shipped along with ashes in order to be received at the cemetery of the new burial location.