Saying goodbye to a loved one is a difficult experience. When choosing a way to honor the deceased, cremation can be a part of the process. For thousands of years, people have used cremation as a means of laying loved ones to rest. Read on to learn more about the rich history and meaning behind the cremation process.
Origins Evidence of cremation has been found that dates back as early as 8,000 B.C. Though cremation has been used by many cultures with a variety of spiritual meanings and implications, it was most commonly practiced throughout the Iron Age and Viking Age as a last rite for the deceased. By 1050 A.D., Christianity had become more widespread and cremation became virtually unheard of, particularly in Western society. Modern cremation was popularized in the late 19th century with the development of more practical cremation technology. Today, cremation is chosen across the globe by people from a variety of faiths and backgrounds.
Meanings There are a variety of spiritual meanings associated with cremation. Some religions view cremation as a necessary ritual for all followers, as it is believed to help usher the deceased’s soul into its next life. Many families choose to preserve the ashes of the deceased after cremation. Some families elect to keep the ashes stored in a safe place, while others scatter the ashes in a location of particular significance. Ultimately, the meaning of cremation is established by those whom the ceremony is connected to—the friends and family of the deceased.
Regardless of how you choose to say goodbye, Chapel of the Chimes can make the arrangements for your loved one’s passing as easy as possible. We know how difficult it is to let someone go, and can provide a variety of funeral services, including cremation, to fulfill the needs of you and your family. For more information, call Hayward’s Chapel of the Chimes at (866) 475-9407.