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Cremation Options

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Jackson Funeral Residence provides dignified cremation options to meet the personalized desires of families. Though not a complete list of the cremation services the following are several options available:

What Is Cremation?
One of the harsh realities of death is that when someone dies his/her body must be cared for. This final care must comply with the family's request and also with legal requirements. There are three common options available for this final disposition: burial, cremation, and entombment burial is the option most often selected. Cremation is the second most common form of final disposition in North America.

During the cremation process, intense heat is used to reduce human remains into small bone fragments. This takes place in a chamber known as a cremation retort. After cremation, these bone fragments are further reduced to a fine powdery form. These are referred to as the cremated remains, the cremated body, ashes, or simply cremains.

Entombment is the third burial option. A forth option that is less common is donation of the body to a medical school. After the medical school finishes its research, the body is either buried or cremated.

What is the History of Cremation?
Cremation has been practiced for thousands of years. References to both cremation and burial can be found in the historical writings of both ancient Rome and Greece. During these times, when cremation was practiced, it was customary for the cremated remains to be buried or entombed.

Cremation was prohibited fro Christians in the late Roman period because destruction of the body conflicted with the Christian belief in the resurrection of the body. This prohibition stayed in effect until the 1960's

The first recorded cremation in the United States occurred in 1792.However, the first crematory was not built until 1876. Cremation did not become a common practice in the United States until the 1980's

Are There Religious Objections to Cremation?
Most Christian denominations do not object to cremations; however, traditional Jewish and Islamic law prohibits cremation as a form of disposition. Until 1963, the Catholic Church prohibited cremation. Since 1963, Catholic rules regarding cremation have been liberalized. They now allow a funeral mass to be said before cremation if the body is present in the church. They also allow a mass after cremation with or without the cremated remains in the church.

If I Choose Cremation, Can I Also Have A Funeral or Memorial Service?
There are many different services to choose from that can be combined with cremation with cremation.

A Traditional Funeral
This service includes a public viewing of the loved one in a casket. A religious or secular service is conducted at a church or funeral home and the loved one is taken to the crematory after the funeral service. A form of committal service can be conducted at the crematory if desired.

A Private Funeral Service
This service can be the same as the traditional service described above with the exception that the general public is not invited. Only those people the family invites attend.

A Modified Service
This involves using some of the aspects of a full service. Such an option may only include a service at the funeral home or church and not the crematory. A service may be held only at the crematory instead. This type of service can also be public or private.

A Direct Disposition with No Service
With this option, a family chooses to have the loved one transferred from the place of death directly to the crematory, with no funeral or memorial service conducted.

Must I Purchase a Casket?
Purchasing a traditional casket is optional. It will be necessary, however, to purchase some type of rigid container for the loved one to be placed in. For sanitary and operational reasons, most crematories will not place an unencased body in the cremation report.

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