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Is a casket needed for cremation?

Information gathered indicates that in most cases, a casket is not required for cremation. However, many family members find placing their dead relative in an open fire, a gruelling experience. Alternatively, a container made of wood or cardboard is used and cremated with the body.

Is embalming required prior to cremation?

According to the Ghana Cremation Society, it is against the laws of cremation to embalm the body before cremating. However, many funeral homes overlook this as they embalm the body to keep it in good shape for public viewing prior to cremation.

Is cremation accepted by all religions?

According to the Cremation Society, most religions now allow cremation, except for Orthodox Jewish, Islamic, Eastern Orthodox and a few Fundamentalist Christian faiths.

The Catholic Church accepts cremation as long as it is not chosen for reasons which are contrary to Christian teachings.

Can an urn be brought into church?

Nearly all Protestant Churches allow for the urn to be present during the memorial service. Most Catholic Churches also allow the cremated remains to be present during the Memorial Mass. If the family is planning a memorial service, it is advised that the cremated remains be present as it provides a focal point for the service.

What do the cremated remains look like?
Cremated remains resemble coarse sand and are whitish to light grey in colour. The remains of an average size adult usually weigh between four to six pounds.

What can be done with the cremated remains?

Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered.

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