Others may view cremation as a way of simplifying their funeral process.
Other Christian groups also support cremation, including the Jehovah's Witnesses.
The body is cremated with the coffin, which is why all UK coffins that are to be used for cremation must be made of combustible material.
Cremation practices may be used for a variety of reasons.
Among the Romans, cremation marked the disposal of the rich and largely became a status symbol throughout the civilization.
At the time of the cremation or "last rites" a Puja, or Hindu prayer to assist the spirit to transcend into the afterlife, is performed.
Some of the various Protestant churches came to accept cremation, with the rationale being, "God can resurrect a bowl of ashes just as conveniently as he can resurrect a bowl of dust."
Delivery-only allows crematoriums to schedule cremations to make best use of the cremators.
The Code of Cremation Practice forbids the opening of the coffin once it has arrived at the crematorium, and rules stipulate that it must be cremated on the same day as the funeral service.
After the funeral service the interior box is removed from the shell before cremation, permitting the shell to be reused.
A cremation furnace is not designed to cremate more than one body at a time, which is illegal in many countries, including the United States.
Modern cremators have adjustable control systems that monitor the furnace during cremation.
Reform Judaism still supports cremation, although burial remains the preferred option.
An unavoidable consequence of cremation is that a tiny residue of bodily remains is left in the chamber after cremation and mixes with subsequent cremations.
Early cremation practices placed the body in a log pyre over an open flame and waited until the corpse was consumed by fire, eventually leaving only ashes.
Funeral homes may also offer rental caskets, which are traditional caskets used only for the duration of the services, after which the body is transferred to another container for cremation.
A cremation can take place after a full traditional funeral service, which may add cost.
Some individuals may prefer cremation for personal reasons.
The Catholic Church's early discouragement of cremation stemmed from several ideas.
Protestant churches were more welcoming of the use of cremation at an earlier date than the Catholic Church, though pro-cremation sentiment was not always unanimous among Protestants.
Some cultures may view fire as a purifying agent and see the practice of cremation as the most respectful way to dispose of the dead.
Other societies may believe cremation to light the way into the afterlife, or to prevent the spirit of the deceased from returning to the world of the living.
Hence, cremation is regarded as ethical by Eastern religions.
Cremation, or the practice of burning the dead, refers to the disposal of a human corpse by burning in a crematorium furnace or crematory fire.
During the cremation process, a large part of the body, including the organs and other soft tissue, are vaporized and oxidized due to the heat, and the gases are discharged through the exhaust system.
Today, modern cremation practices do not burn the corpse by flame but, instead, by intense heat that steadily diminishes the body to fine ash.
Archaeologists have found the practice of cremation to be used by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, the Northern Athapascan people of Alaska, and various cultural groups throughout Canada.
Cremation plots or columbarium niches usually cost less than a burial plot or mausoleum crypt, and require less space.
Cremations can be "delivery only," with no preceding chapel service at the crematorium, or preceded by a service in one of the crematorium chapels.
Cost factors may also tend to make cremation more attractive.
Cremation practices are historically very ancient and widespread, and are the second most common way to dispose of the dead, after burial.
Of modern Neo-Pagan religions, Бsatrъ favors cremation, as do forms of Celtic paganism.
Some branches of Christianity continue to oppose cremation, most notably the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Cremation occurs in a "crematorium" consisting of one or more cremator furnaces or cremation "retorts" for the ashes.
Cremation in Hinduism, notable for not only allowing but prescribing the practice, can be first attested in the Cemetery H culture, from about 1900 B.C.E.
After the cremation process has been completed, the remains are passed through a magnetic field to remove any metal, which will be interred elsewhere in the crematorium grounds.
Orthodox Jews have maintained a stricter line on cremation, and disapprove of it as Halakha, or Jewish law, forbids it.
Most casket manufacturers provide a line of caskets specially built for cremation.
In Britain, the cremation movement also found the support of Queen Victoria's surgeon, Sir Henry Thompson, who together with colleagues founded the Cremation Society of England in 1874.
Historically, cremation was widely practiced throughout the ancient world as the most proper way to dispose of the dead.
In 1963, Pope Paul VI lifted the ban on cremation, and in 1966, allowed Catholic priests to officiate at cremation ceremonies.