In Singapore, cremation is becoming a more popular disposition method. This is due to many reasons, including the acceptance of cremation by many religions and personal preference.
As it is growing in popularity, one would expect that many people are knowledgeable about cremation. However, that is not the case. There are several myths about cremation which Singaporeans might be mistaken about so let us dispel some common myths to help you understand your options better.
The body is set on fire
The common assumption is that cremation involves setting the body on fire. However, the deceased’s body is actually inserted in a specially-designed furnace and exposed to incredibly high temperatures during the cremation process. This causes the body to disintegrate, reducing it to gasses and bone fragments, and it is then processed in an electric processor into cremated remains before returning it to the family.
Cremation results in ashes
It is nothing new to hear people use the word ashes to refer to the outcome of a cremation. The word “ashes” is heavily used on the regular, thus making it even more entrenched and believed as a fact. However, this is not true. Cremation does not result in ashes, but instead, a pulverised bone matter which is best referred to as “cremated remains.” They are grounded down into a fine, grainy powder which will look like coarse sand and has an off-white/gray colour.
Cremation is forbidden in most religions
Some families may be considering cremation but are unsure if it is accepted in their religious beliefs. For example, certain faiths like Islam and Judaism do not practice cremation. Other churches such as the Protestant Church have changed their stance and accepted cremation as a practice, though burial is still preferred. If you are in doubt about your faith’s view and beliefs on cremation, it is best to consult with your religious leader to gain further clarity.
Cremation is cheaper than burial
There may be a common misconception than the cost of cremation overall is cheaper as compared to burial. Particularly in Singapore, the government-run Mandai crematorium charges S$100 for cremation, while fees costs up to S$500 in private crematoriums. However, you would also have to take into account the cost of the urn and storage in columbaria niches.
On the other hand, costs for the burial process can include the embalming fees, burial fee, caskets and tombstones. This makes both methods of disposition vary in their total costs.
With any death, the process of saying goodbye and making the final decisions for your loved one can be overwhelming. You can always enlist in the help of a funeral director in Singapore to assist with the cremation process and provide you with a peace of mind especially when arranging for a funeral service.