Cremations in State College, PA and beyond are very popular, but why? First of all, cremation is oftentimes much more affordable than traditional burials as families save money on plot costs, burial fees, embalming, and more. Second, cremation offers more flexibility in planning and personalizing memorial services for the deceased as loved one’s are not tied down to the body’s timeline.
Another big reason why cremation is becoming more and more popular is because it’s better for the environment than traditional burial methods. Traditional cremation is the process in which the body is broken down to bone fragments by exposure to intense heat.
This basic cremation method does have slight environmental impact as is requires fossil fuels to be burned to achieve the heat necessary to break down the body. However, green cremation services are more readily available with modern advancements and awareness. Green cremation services take a few more steps after traditional methods to make the entire process cleaner and more eco-friendly. Green cremations, or natural cremations and eco-cremations, use no harmful or toxic chemicals to treat or embalm the body. This reduces the amount of harmful gases released during the cremation.
Another type of green cremation service is bio-cremation. Bio-cremation uses alkaline hydrolysis, or water resolution, to break down the body. The body is put inside a special chamber filled with potassium hydroxide, water, heat and pressure for a few hours. Over time, the elemental combination break down the body into bone fragments just like traditional cremation services. The remains from bio-cremation can be scattered or buried just like traditional remains.
Bio-cremation uses much less fossil fuel and energy, and does not let off as much gas or emissions. As its still a fairly new method, bio-cremation is not readily available and may be more expensive.
You personally can take steps to make cremation services greener. A few ways you can help out are:
- Remove any dental fillings before the cremation. When dental amalgams are burned, they release a lot of harmful mercury gas into the air. BY removing the amalgams before the cremation, you are helping prevent these emissions.
- Choose to scatter the remains post-cremation. Buried remains use up ground space with caskets, and any chemicals leftover from the process could seep into the ground. Scattering takes up less space!
- Use eco-friendly cremation caskets. These are specially built to not release any harmful gases or chemicals when burned, over traditional caskets that are made with chemicals and products that do not burn well.
- If you do choose to bury the remains, do so in a natural urn or container that breaks down naturally. Choose a receptacle made out of handmade paper or Himalayan rock salt.
If you want more information on green cremation options, or about how you can help the environment through body disposition, contact Cremation Specialist of Pennsylvania, Inc. You can visit us at 728 Main St Avoca, PA 18641, or give us a call at (844) 427-3672 for more information on green State College, PA cremations.