Below are the top two concerns that those who are unfamiliar with cremation usually express when deciding if they should utilise this process for their loved ones' remains.

They worry that their loved one's ashes might get mixed up with someone else's ashes

The big fear that many people have regarding cremations is that their loved one's cremated ashes might get confused with the ashes of another deceased person. Because the idea of some strangers accidentally taking their beloved, deceased friend or family member's ashes is such an upsetting idea, this worry can put people off using a crematorium's services.

In reality, the chances of this happening are practically non-existent. The reason for this is that crematoriums' staff members will usually only conduct one cremation at a time. After it is finished, they will carefully collect the ashes and put them in the container the deceased's family members asked them to. They will then either hand these over to the loved ones who are at the crematorium or they will deliver them to the funeral home so that these people can pick up the ashes there, instead.

Only after they have collected, labelled and sent off or handed over these ashes will the staff begin the next cremation (if there is another one due to occur on the same day). In short, this is an unfounded fear because, due to the way in which the crematorium staff conduct their work, there is almost no chance of this mistake happening.

They are worried they'll feel squeamish about handling the container of ashes

The other concern that deters some people from using a funeral home's cremation service is their fear that they will feel squeamish when handling the container in which the deceased's ashes are stored after the cremation and that this squeamishness might make keeping the ashes in their home or scattering them very uncomfortable.

The truth is that anyone who does not work in a profession that involves regular contact with deceased people (like paramedics, nurses, funeral home employees, etc.) is bound to feel a bit awkward when they're first handed the ashes because they're not accustomed to handling remains in any form. This is normal.

However, much like with any new experience, most people adjust to it very quickly and find that, after a little while, they feel nothing other than comfort and peace when they're in the presence of the ashes, as the ashes remind them of their beloved relative or friend. As such, unless someone has a phobia of death or deceased people, they should find that they get used to holding and being around the ashes very rapidly.

To learn more, contact a resource that offers cremation services.