Traditional Funerals in a Non-Traditional World

Hi, my name is Olivia, and although I am certainly not opposed to progress, I love traditions, especially when it comes to rituals, religions and family gatherings. Tradition, I believe, holds people to the past and makes them feel strong and connected as they move forward. I feel like the internet is full of people talking about new ideas around death and funerals, but I see the value of going the other direction – toward the beautiful traditions and ceremonies we have formed together over the years. I lost my mother a few years ago, and I had a sad chance to learn about all of this first hand. I want to share what I’ve learned to make it easier on others. With the posts in this blog, you should learn about planning funerals, different traditions and more, and I hope the posts help you. Thank you for reading.

Promession: An Eco-friendly Alternative to Traditional Burial

If you’re environmentally conscious during your lifetime, you might want to die in the knowledge that the disposal of your body is eco-friendly too. So, have you heard of promession, and would you consider it as an option to discuss with a funeral director? What is promession? Promession is a little-known form of eco-friendly burial that was originally developed by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak. The process is fundamentally simple: freezing and vibration breaks the remains down into a fine powder. Unlike the traditional cremation process, no toxins are released into the air and no huge amounts of energy are used. How does the process work? The body is placed in a coffin and the funeral service takes place as normal, but without the usual internment or cremation. Following the funeral, the body is moved into a chamber where it’s gradually chilled until it reaches a temperature of -18°C. The chilled body is then moved into a sealed unit called a Promator. The coffin and body are weighed, and then sufficient liquid nitrogen is applied to freeze the body to a temperature of -196°C. During this two-hour process any residual liquid nitrogen harmlessly evaporates into the atmosphere. Next the completely cooled body and coffin are transported onto a special belt which vibrates ultrasonically, shattering the body into a find powder. The powder is removed into a vacuum chamber where its natural water content evaporates and disperses harmlessly into the atmosphere as steam. The remaining completely dry powder then passes over electrical currents to extrude any remaining metals (dental fillings for example) which are removed for recycling. What’s left is a...

Saving Guidelines for Funeral Arrangement

The cost of organising and executing a funeral for a deceased loved one is extensive and the financial impact can be long-term. Preparation and diligent budgeting is essential even amidst the grief and stress of death. There are different ways in which you can minimise the cumulative costs while ensuring the departed is given a good send-off. Here are some simple guidelines to help you prepare financially for the funeral event. Quality Funeral Director You should be cautious when hiring a funeral director to organise the ceremony. Unscrupulous individuals will take advantage of the sorrow in the bereaved family to push for an event that exceeds their financial capability. Ensure that the chosen director is licensed, with a good reputation in the business. Do not be afraid to explore your options before settling on the ideal company; you can save significantly by comparing estimated costs. You should always request for a clear list of the services and matching costs to avoid confusion. For instance, the director should tell you about a basic funeral service and what is comprised in the package. This can include the cost of permits, death certificate, body storage and coordination with the pertinent cemetery or crematorium. Caskets and Urns The cost of purchasing and handling of a casket or urn can significantly increase the cost of the funeral. Often, people acquire these vessels from the funeral home because of the apparent convenience. There are many vendors on both online and local platforms who are specialists in these items. You should not limit your options or rely completely on the funeral director when looking for the...

What To Expect When Working With A Funeral Home

A bereavement period is a difficult time when one is trying to come to terms with the sudden loss of a loved one. It is within this backdrop that a funeral home steps in and helps the bereaved arrange a dignified and fitting farewell for the deceased. If you have a lost a loved one, a funeral director can help you at this time in the following ways. Mortuary services The next of kin will have to choose a funeral home which will care for the departed until a burial is conducted. Once you have selected a funeral home, you will be paired with a funeral director who will be your main liaison with the funeral home. The first order of business will be to arrange the removal of the body from the hospital or government mortuary to the funeral home. It is here that the departed will rest until the subsequent events are complete. Embalming Once you have placed the deceased in the funeral home of your choice, your funeral director will discuss the embalming process. The embalming process is important so as to preserve the body and slow down decomposition. This is especially important for the viewing. An embalming process can be complicated if the deceased has been dead for a long time or if the death created injuries. In such scenarios, the funeral director can organize for some restorative measures to make the deceased presentable. Viewing, wakes & chapel services The funeral home will also arrange for a viewing process where relatives and friends can come together and say their goodbyes to the departed. The funeral...

What Everyone Needs to Know about Headstones for Funeral Pre-Planning

If you are going with a traditional burial and funeral option, then you know one of your choices deals with headstones. Your funeral home may offer a few options, but you will still need to know what it is you are choosing and how to choose the right headstone for your burial needs. Here are a few points that everyone needs to know about choosing headstones during your funeral pre-planning. Material Options One of the first things you will notice when you begin choosing the headstone is the wide variety of materials available. The traditional options are granite and marble. Bronze is also a popular choice for people who have burial plans at cemeteries with ground level or flat headstones. Other options are slate, sandstone, and limestone. The material choice will greatly depend not only on your personal preferences, but also on the weather conditions in your area and the cemetery guidelines as well. Colour Options You may not think that the colour of the headstone is an option, but there are masonry artisans who can use colours of granite to create picturesque scenes on your headstone. You can also choose a solid colour for your headstone if you choose a granite or similar material. Some colour options solid black, blue, green, and even shades of red depending on your tastes. You can also order specific designs such as sunsets, beach scenes, forest scenes, and other landscapes or pictures using the various colours available. Pre-Fabricated or Custom Once you have decided on the headstone material and colour options, the next step is to determine if you want a pre-fabricated...