Cremation serves as a funeral and is a process of reducing a corpse to its natural elements by way of vaporization and combustion. The only things that remains are cremains which consists of skeletal remains and bone fragments. All of this is obtained in form of fine powder.

Cremations can be executed with or without funeral ceremonies. Most people avoid going to funerals as is a place of grief and sorrow. But it helps the relatives of the deceased to express their gloomy feelings and affections. Different religions and traditions follow different methods to say goodbye to their departed loved ones.

Following are the types of cremations that are followed by various religions:

Direct cremation:

As the name suggests, it is simple cremation of the deceased, without a funeral the body is cremated and the cremains are handed over to the deceased’s family members. The direction in which the wind is blowing is also to be taken care of before using this method.

Traditional funeral services:

This embodies all the usual means of cremating the departed. This type of cremation are usually of someone important and done on a large scale. It is conducted by a clergy in a funeral home. It includes prayers, reading and sharing of instances with the departed. After the whole ceremony, the body is cremated and the cremains are given to the deceased loved ones.

Memorial services:

It can be described as a funeral without the body actually present there. The cremation takes place within two or three days of the death and the ceremony takes place sometime after the cremation, which can be a week or even a month.

Methods of scattering the ashes:


It is simply tossing the remains in the wind, usually downwards. It can be a group activity where everyone takes chance to scatter the ashes.


This involves digging a hole in the earth and pouring the ashes into it and covering it again with soil.


In this method, ashes are scattered on loose soil and then a ground is raked. This is only done in a scattering garden under the supervision of the funeral director.


A ring is made on the ground around a tree and the remains are poured on the ring. A heart or a star can also be used other than a ring.

Water scattering:

This is the most common methods of scattering ashes. In this method, the ashes are tossed into a pond or a lake. The ashes float for sometimes and then dissolves in the water.

Aerial scattering:

This is done from a plane or a helicopter at a specific scattering location. It requires a professional to carry it out. This method is the costliest of all.