Interesting Facts About Cremation In Middletown

Cremation is fast becoming the preferred method of disposing of the body after death. While generations past strongly preferred traditional burials, the decline of orthodox religious views has pushed the process of cremation to the forefront of options. Here are are some interesting facts about cremation Middletown.

•Unlike cremations that took place decades ago, cremations today do not include actual flames. The heat of the crematorium is used to reduce the body to ash.

•After the body is mostly reduced to ash, there are still fragments of bone that will remain. The cremator will take extra steps to pulverize these fragments into a very fine powder. The mixture of this powder and the ash will then be placed in the urn.

•In the early 1900s, the United States was home to only about 20 crematories. However, by the end of 2015, the country has approximately 19,000 working crematories.

•Bodies that house pacemakers or breast implants made from silicone will have them removed before cremation Middletown takes place. This is because the batteries that power the pacemakers will explode due to the high heat of the crematory. The implants are removed because the remains have a tendency to stick to the silicone.

•The last line in the popular children’s nursery rhyme “Ring Around The Rosie” refers to cremation. The entire rhyme is actually about the Black Plague that killed millions of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. “Ashes, ashes, we all fall down” is in reference to the practice of mass cremations that was used to dispose of the diseased bodies.

•The first crematory to be built in the United States was done so by Dr. Julius LeMoyne back in 1876 in Washington, Pennsylvania. The second crematory would not be built for another ten years, and that one would call Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home.

•It was only 25 years ago that cremation was still considered a taboo subject among most families in the United States. Public opinion has changed dramatically since then.

To inquire about the possibility of cremation after the death of a loved one, contact an experienced funeral home such as John P. Condon Funeral Home. They can gently guide the family through all steps of the process.

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