Everything You Need to Know About Cremation

By: Tom Turner
Thursday, October 13, 2016

At Affinity Funerals, Tom and Birgitt are there to help you through all the available options when planning a funeral service. In order to pick the option that is the best fit for your family and the decision you will make, it is important to familiarize yourself with what exactly cremation is and some of the reasons it is a preferred choice, being up to 70% of the funeral service choice here in Sydney.


What is Cremation?

Taking place at a crematory, the body is broken down into its basic elements. Cremation is the process of incinerating the human body at high temperatures, then being pulverized into ashes, where it is then placed into a container such as an urn and given to the family.


Why Cremation?

Cremation has not always been a preferred choice and over the years it has become more of a popular option for funeral services after a loved one has passed. Cremation has many advantages over the traditional funeral service including the following:


  • Lower Cost – A traditional funeral service can be quite expensive depending on the arrangements the family has made and what services will be included and executed. A cremation can be less expensive, especially for a family with a budget.


  • Flexibility – As a traditional funeral service would typically take place 4 – 10 days after someone has passed, there is a timeline in which arrangements must be made and family would participate in. Although with cremation, unless there is a funeral service prior to the cremation, there is more time to plan and arrange what the service will entail.


  • Environment – Cremation is more of an eco-friendly choice due to the fact that there is no embalming that takes place to the body. Also, there is no casket that will be buried, saving the land.


After a Cremation

There are many options that a family can choose from when deciding what to do with their loved one’s ashes after a cremation has taken place. The family can choose to have a burial just like they would if a traditional funeral service would, where instead the urn would be buried, rather than a casket. In most cases, if a family has a family plot with other deceased loved ones, they will bury the urn in the same place.


Another option available is to store the ashes in a columbarium which provides a personal niche for the urn to sit in a glass or stone wall. Some families also decide to scatter the ashes of their loved either in a scattering garden in a cemetery, a place that has profound meaning to them and the deceased, or over water. (With permission on any private property land)



If you have any other questions on cremation or would like to speak to our funeral directors here at, Affinity Funerals in Sydney, you can contact us here to get the advice you may be seeking.

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