5 Myths About Cremation

Once considered an alternative method for taking care of a person’s remains, today cremation is chosen by approximately 75% of Canadians. Despite this, however, there are a number of myths surrounding the practice. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about cremation.


It’s cheap?

Cremation is often thought of as being cheap alternative to burial, but the truth is more complicated. If a visitation and ceremony are still to take place, the costs for the overall funeral are likely to be roughly the same, regardless of whether the deceased is cremated or buried. If you’re on a budget, speak with a funeral director to find the most affordable arrangement.


Cremation means no burial

Cremated remains are routinely laid to rest in a columbarium, which is a room, wall or building with niches for urns to be stored. Similar to a traditional casket burial, memorialization is a factor that impacts costs.  Monuments, markers or inscriptions are still options available to those choosing cremation.  These are additional reasons why it’s not necessarily cheaper to be cremated, as the final resting place of the deceased will affect the costs for laying them to rest.


You could get someone else’s ashes

This one requires us to bust two myths. First, the remains in the urn aren’t ashes but bone fragments that have been ground into a sand-like powder. These fragments are the only thing left after the body is exposed to the extreme temperature that’s maintained in the retort.

Second, while it’s common to worry about receiving the remains of a stranger, there are several checks and balances throughout the entire process to ensure that this situation does not occur. From the time the deceased comes into the care of the funeral home, is transferred to the crematorium and the remains are returned to the family there is a protocol of continuous chain of identification in place.


It involves fire

It’s easy to understand how this belief would take hold. Nonetheless, it is yet another misconception about the way cremation is done in North America. Flame is used to bring the retort up to its high temperature prior to the casket being received. Though flames are involved, it is only in so far as the body is exposed to heat generated by flames, not to the flames directly. This ensures a faster and more efficient process. 


It’s bad for the environment

While they operate within the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) guidelines, older and more out of date cremation systems are less efficient. The cremation system Mount Pleasant uses is the most efficient and environmentally friendly technology available on the market operating at levels that are well below the limits permitted by the MOE. Our advanced abatement system eliminates virtually all particulate matter and green house gas emissions making it the most technically advanced in North America.


Funeral services in the GTA

Mount Pleasant Group has been providing compassionate and professional service in the Greater Toronto Area for over 200 years. We offer pre-planning services, cremation witnessing and a selection of quality ceramic urns. Contact us today to discuss funeral options and learn more about how we can help.

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