Although all funeral homes offer cremation services, most use an off-site industrial crematory. At Bond Memorial Chapel, we operate our own crematory on-site inside a clean and secure facility. Your family member is always under our direct care and never leaves our facility. We also offer a special viewing room to facilitate those who wish to be present for the cremation process.
Our cremation equipment represents the newest and cleanest technology and our procedures are careful and thorough. We involve two staff members in every cremation process. Cremations are conducted responsibly and cremated remains are handled carefully.
Middle Tennessee Cremation Center is a member of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), which provides advanced certifications to our staff. We strictly adhere to a cremation Code of Ethics, an assurance to you of our commitment to dignity and honesty.
We realize that price is a factor for some people when they choose a funeral home or cremation provider. Remember, cheaper is not always better. You do get what you pay for.
We are here to help you with any questions you may have regarding cremation. Please feel free to contact us.
The History of Cremation
Even though the number of cremations continues to increase, many people remain uninformed about cremation, viewing it as something new and a recent way to handle the dead.
The idea of cremation is not new. Historians generally agree that cremation probably began in the early Stone Age. Modern cremation's real beginning in the United States was in 1876. The first crematory in the U. S. was erected that same year in Washington, PA. By 1900, there were 20 crematories operating in the U.S.. Over 13,000 cremations were performed in the U.S. in 1913. In 2011, cremations surpassed the 1 MILLION mark, according to CANA.
The Cremation Process
Cremation is the irreversible process that accelerates the natural process of returning the human body to dust.
People select cremation for a variety of reasons. Some select cremation because of environmental concerns or because they feel it is simple or less complicated than traditional ground burial.
To begin the cremation process, the human remains, encased in a container suitable for cremation, are placed into the cremation chamber. The temperature within the chamber is no less than 1600 degrees Fahrenheit. The time of the cremation varies with each human remains. After the cremation process is complete, the cremated remains are removed from the cremation chamber. They are then processed to their final consistency. Most cremated remains weigh between 4 to 8 pounds.
It is clear that cremation has become, and will continue to be the preference of many families.
Contrary to belief, cremation does not limit one's choices, but, in fact, increases one's options. Cremation provides families with many more options as opposed to the traditional burial that can be relatively straightforward. Many families do not even realize that they can have a service if they choose cremation.
A ceremony, whether you choose burial or cremation, is so important. A service is critical to helping families begin to cope with the death of a loved one. Families should not dismiss the value of the last goodbye.Families should not be willing to trade in the value of the last goodbye for a convenient out-of-sight, out-of mind disposal in the name of economy and expediency. There is an innate human need to remember and be remembered. There is a common need for the family and the community to acknowledge the fact that someone has died. Those who grieve should participate in a visitation, a funeral or memorial service, a committal service; because for the rest of their life, they will be glad they did. The grieving should give careful thought and consideration to the significance of the last goodbye. Saying farewell is what matters most. We respect the uniqueness of each and every situation.
Methods of Keeping & Disposing of Cremated Remains
The option of disposition of cremated remains are limitless. Cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery or placed in a niche. Some families choose to keep the cremated remains in a decorative urn at home, while other choose to scatter the cremated remains in a favorite place. Some families even choose to retain a small portion of the cremated remains in a specially designed piece of cremation jewelry.