What type of toxins are released into the atmosphere during the cremation process?
When a loved one passes one of the first decisions that need to be made is if your loved one wished to be cremated or buried. Cremation urns are much less expensive then purchasing a coffin and allows for families to have an interior reminder of their loved one with them and may help with the grieving process. Also, if your loved one chose cremation it allows multiple members of the family to choose in holding close some of their ashes in the form of cremation pendants and jewelry urns. This tangible reminder of those that have died may actually aid in the grieving process and bring an immense amount of peace and comfort.
There is a lot of controversy surrounding cremation and the cause and effect of crematory toxins to the environment. Many feel that burial or even a green funeral is much more eco-friendly and is a better way to release the body back into the earth. Although this controversy is very widespread, you will find that both green funerals and cremation are very prevalent in today's times due to economic factors and environmental factors. Choosing the method of releasing the body that is best for you will provide the measure of peace that you are looking for and can also help you move forward in the grief process.
Cremation is much less expensive than burial and given the overcrowded cemeteries that you find in most states also allows loved ones to choose what the best method of releasing the ashes should be. Many families choose to keep the cremated ashes or cremains of their loved one in the home in a beautiful cremation urn. Others choose to scatter the ashes out to sea or off a mountain top or somewhere that held particular sentimental meaning to the deceased. However, cremation does release toxins into the environment which makes many skeptical as to whether or not cremation can be considered environmentally safe or necessary. Formaldehyde, hydrogen chloride, dioxins and other toxic chemicals are released into the air during the process of cremation and the overall process adds to the greenhouse gas emissions problem. While more cost effective and allows loved ones more flexibility, cremation may not be considered to be eco-friendly.
There is a lot of talk about having a green funeral and this type of funeral has risen in popularity in the past decade. Green funerals aim at having a very low impact on the environment and are very eco-friendly and eco-conscious. The body is buried naturally with no embalming and the coffins are made of bio-degradable materials that allow the coffin to gently go back into the earth.
Choosing the best release of the body of your loved one and is a very personal and intimate decision not to be taken lightly. It is important to not only honor the wishes of your loved one but to also do what you feel is best in your own heart to bid farewell to the loved one that has passed.