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What is a Funeral Pyre?

Funeral Pyres

Let’s learn about funeral pyres and open-air cremation.

What is a Funeral Pyre?

A funeral pyre is a construction of wood (sometimes with a base of stone) on which a human body is burned.

Also known as “open air cremation,” the use of funeral pyres is common in some traditions but is not common (or even legal) in most of the modern Western world.

What is Open-Air Cremation?

Open-air cremation is the process of cremation (reducing a body to ash by use of fire) set out in the open. This is done by placing the body on a funeral pyre, then stoking the fire and burning until the corpse is reduced to ashes.

What is a funeral pyre?
Digital rendering of a funeral pyre – Copyright USUrnsOnline

Is Open-Air Cremation Legal in the USA?

No. Open-air cremation or burning human bodies on funeral pyres is not legal in most of the Western world.

However, there is an exception. In Crestone, Colorado, the Crestone End of Life Project operates a legal open-air cremation site where people can be legally cremated on a funeral pyre. You would have to be both a member of their organization and a resident of Crestone in order to qualify for their open-air cremation ceremony.

What Countries Still Use Funeral Pyres?

Other countries that practice open-air cremation include:

Will Funeral Pyres Ever Be Legal in the USA?

Possibly. Attitudes and ideas about death practices are changing rapidly in the Western world. Contemporary cremation in a crematorium has only been around since the late 1800s. Polite society frowned upon cremation for decades following its introduction.

However, in the last two decades the rate of cremation has risen tremendously. In 2016, the rate of cremation in the USA increased to 50.2, meaning that for the first time more than half of all decedents were cremated.

Now there are many other options for final disposition available and being researched. People ask about “Viking funerals” and being cremated on a funeral pyre all the time, so interest is clearly growing.

But will open air cremation ever be legal in the USA, Canada, Europe, or other areas of the Western world? Only time will tell.

Read more: Here’s the complete list of everything you can do with your body after you die

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Flying with Ashes: How to Take Ashes on a Plane

Flying with Ashes - How to take cremated remains on an airplane

You’re here because you’re needing accurate, up-to-date information on flying with ashes.

This is because you are in possession of a loved one’s remains, and you need to transport them to another city, state, or even country, perhaps for a funeral service.

Driving is out of the question so flying is necessary; you’re going to have to take the ashes on a plane.

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Death Anniversary: How to Remember & Celebrate Your Loved One

How to Celebrate a Death Anniversary

A death anniversary is a peculiar sort of holiday.

After all, how can you “celebrate” a life that is gone, one you so dearly miss? How do you grieve, yet heal? Can you remember a loved one without becoming overwhelmed, or should you try to ignore or forget the day they died?

Or what if you are the friend of someone whose spouse or child has died. How do you comfort them on the anniversary of their loved one’s death? Should you do or say anything?

Here are some thoughts on how to remember loved ones as the years go by.

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14 Fascinating Funeral Photos

Interesting images of funerals and cemeteries

Let’s take a look at some quirky and interesting funeral photos.

Every person who has ever lived has, or will soon have, the need for a funeral.

Since life is so full of wonder, interest, intrigue, mystery, humor, and much more, it should be no surprise that death would have its share of the strange and wonderful.

Here is our collection of fascinating funeral photos that capture a small hint of the paradoxical beauty, unsolvable mystery, odd irony, and morbid humor of funerals.

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How Much Do Cremation Urns Cost? (+ 3 Tips to Save $$)

How Much Do Cremation Urns Cost?

You need answers to some important questions: How much do cremation urns cost? How can I save money when buying an urn for ashes?

In this article, we’re going to provide simple and helpful answers. We’ll also cover some crucial info about cremation urns that you will be glad to learn.

Lastly, we’ll share some tried-and-true tips to help you save big when shopping for quality cremation urns.

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Cremation Meaning, Definition, Process, and More

Cremation Meaning - Cremation Definition

Today we’re going to be discussing the meaning, definition, and process of cremation. Not just those things, but we’ll start with cremation meaning and go from there into all sorts of fascinating topics.

In short, we’ll tell you what to expect when it comes time for the cremation.

Along the way, you’ll learn the answers to these common questions:

  • What happens just before cremation?
  • How does the crematory identify the body?
  • What goes on during the cremation process?
  • How long should I expect it to take?
  • What happens right afterward?
  • When can I expect to pick up my loved one’s ashes?
  • What do I do with the remains after that?
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Funeral Reception Etiquette: What to Expect, Say, and Do

Funeral Reception Etiquette Guide

Wondering about proper funeral reception etiquette? The answer is probably “yes” if you’ve just attended the service of a loved one, and now you’re on your way to the reception.

Perhaps you’re at a loss for words following the emotion of the day, and you’re not sure what to expect at the reception. You think it’s going to be a bit more laid back than the funeral, and you’re probably right.

But you still might have some questions about what to say and do at the reception. And of course you need the answers fast. We’re here to help with our funeral reception etiquette guide.

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Can Catholics Be Cremated? Cremation & The Catholic Church

Can Catholic Christians be cremated?

Can Catholics be cremated?

The short answer is yes, the Catholic Church permits cremation. However, the Vatican has issued guidelines on cremation and what can be done with the ashes.

Let’s learn about what the Catholic Church teaches about cremation.

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Funeral Reception Planning Guide (w/ Checklist)

Funeral Reception Planning

Welcome to our funeral reception planning guide, where we will walk with you step-by-step as you plan (and totally pull off!) a beautiful reception.

If you have been tasked with hosting or planning the funeral reception, you probably have a lot of questions.

  1. How exactly do I plan a funeral reception? What’s the first step?
  2. What are some great funeral reception ideas? How can I implement them?
  3. Do I need to serve food at the reception? What are some appropriate menu options?
  4. Where can I plan to have the reception? What are my options?

Today we’re going to be answering these questions and more. Our goal is to help you create an event that is both memorable and fitting to the memory of your loved one and who they were in life.

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10 Meaningful Sympathy Gifts for Loss of Father

Father Loss Sympathy Gift Ideas

Finding the perfect sympathy gifts for loss of father can be difficult. If your loved one was very close to their father, this loss will be hitting them pretty hard. Even if they weren’t that close to their dad, there’s no doubt they’ve still lost a monumental figure in their life.

When you know someone who is grieving over the loss of their dad, you want to give them a gift with real meaning. You don’t want to just give some random material item. No, you want something meaningful that will bring them comfort and peace at a time when they need it most.

If you feel like there’s nothing you can say right now to ease their sorrow, a thoughtful sympathy gift can do a great job at getting the message across: “I’m thinking about you during this difficult time.”

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