What is a cremation? And why do we perform cremations? Well let’s start with some history about cremations. Those have first evidence at least dating from 20,000 years ago in our archaeological records. The Mungo Lady, the remains of a partly cremated body found at Lake Mungo in Australia. Alternative death rituals emphasizing one method of disposal of a body-inhumation (burial), or exposure-have gone through periods of preference throughout history. In the Middle East and Europe, both burial and cremation are evident in the archaeological record in the Neolithic era.

What is a cremation today?

In the modern day a cremation of a human or pet is a hygienic and fast way to have “ashes to ashes, dust till dust”. A cremation is to cremate a human or pet in a fire combustion, vaporization and oxidation of dead bodies to basic chemical compounds, such as gases, ashes and mineral fragments retaining the appearance of dry bones in a cremation furnace. And is a alternative way for a funeral or post-funeral rite as an great green alternative to the interment of an intact dead body in a coffin, casket or shroud. Cremated remains aka “cremains” or simply, “ashes” which do not constitute a health risk, may be buried or interred in memorial sites or cemeteries, or they may be retained by relatives and dispersed in various ways. Read more about cremation on the Wikipedia cremation page.