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5 Common Misconceptions About Cremation December 26, 2018

West Haven, New Haven County
5 Common Misconceptions About Cremation, West Haven, Connecticut

Cremation is a common choice, but that doesn’t mean misconceptions about the process don’t exist. When it comes to cremation services, there are a lot of myths that can influence grieving families and those pre-planning their funerals. Most people don’t fully understand what’s involved with cremation, but this list can help clarify.

5 False Myths About Cremation Services 

1. Bodies Are Turned Into Ashes

While movies and television have propagated this idea, it’s not true. The reality is that bodies are reduced to cremated remains that are ground into a fine powder. Cremains look more like white or light gray beach sand than ashes.

2. It’s Much Cheaper Than Burial

cremation servicesCremation services can be more affordable than burial services, but too many factors can affect the cost to declare this a general conclusion. Families can choose from a variety of decorative urns, burial plots, and funeral services, all of which impact the final costs.

3. You Can’t Have a Traditional Funeral

Funeral services can be arranged regardless of whether the deceased are cremated or buried in a cemetery. Once funeral services are complete, bodies can then be prepared for cremation. Cremation can also be arranged before funeral services if families wish to skip an open-casket viewing.

4. Most Religions Disapprove of Cremation

Some people mistakenly believe their religion forbids cremation, and while this is true in Judaism and Islam, most religions take a neutral stance or have publicly approved of cremation. For example, the Pope and the Catholic Church have publicly declared their approval of cremation, but the handling of cremains has strict guidelines. 

5. Cremains Must Be Scattered

The cremated remains can be placed in an urn and buried in a family plot, put on display in a Columbarium or home, or scattered at a meaningful location. It’s up to the departed’s loved ones to make the personal decision of what to do with cremains.


Residents in New Haven County, CT, who are interested in learning more about cremation services are welcome to speak with the funeral directors at Porto Funeral Homes. For more than 75 years, they have compassionately assisted families making funeral arrangements and memorial services for lost loved ones. Call (203) 467-3000 or visit them online to learn more about their services.

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