Witnessing or viewing a cremation is not a new practice. In fact, it dates back to the Bronze Age where burning a corpse was a common procedure. Romans sometimes practiced a rather peculiar ritual: they would cremate a body, but bury a severed finger from the body. The theory behind this is that some part of the body needed to be returned to the Earth.
Witnessing a cremation is very much a part of some modern religious practices, especially among the Hindus. The belief is that cremation frees the soul to become part of the cosmos. It breaks the continuous cycle of life, death, and being born again.
Here at Martin Oaks, we are certainly seeing a growth in witnessing by family members who aren’t necessarily practicing a religious observance. During witnessing, relatives and friends are given the opportunity to be present when the loved on is placed into the cremation chamber. There are a variety of reasons for a family to make this decision – some want closure, many feel that it is a natural part of the grieving process.
When we are asked our advice about viewing a cremation, we always tell clients that it is strictly a matter of personal preference. The funeral directors who work with Martin Oaks have various opinions on the subject (weather or not this the best way to say goodbye to a cherished loved one), but all of the directors go with whatever the family prefers. Our team at Martin Oaks provides Dallas cremation, pre funeral arrangements, and Flower Mound funeral home
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