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Jan 5

Debunking The Most Common Myths About Cremation Services

Posted by Integrity Funerals

Cremation is becoming increasingly popular in Australia. However, this has also led to a rise in myths around cremation. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common misconceptions and learn the truth about cremation.

1) There Is A Chance You Will Get Someone Else’s Ashes

One of the most common concerns is that your loved one’s ashes will accidentally get mixed up with a stranger’s. But funeral homes have put strict rules in place to ensure that this doesn’t happen. For example, only one person will be cremated at once. Furthermore, a strict record-keeping process tracks what happens to the ashes after the cremation.

2) You Can’t Have A Funeral Service For Someone Who Is Cremated

A funeral service plays an important role during the grieving process. It allows us to say goodbye to loved ones who have passed away. You can still hold a funeral for someone who is going to be cremated, remembering the life they led. At the end of the service, the casket will be led to the crematorium.

An alternative is to hold a memorial service. This will occur after your loved one has been cremated. Sometimes, these services can be concluded with the scattering of the ashes.

3) Ashes Are Dangerous

The cremains won’t provide any organic material. This means that there is no chance that you will catch viruses from bacteria found in the ashes. However, if you choose to scatter the ashes, you should still take precautions. For example, it’s recommended that you avoid scattering them near plants, because the cremains have a high pH level which can harm most plants. Furthermore, you should scatter them downwind so there is no chance that you will accidentally ingest them.

4) Religions Have Banned Cremation

Historically, religions have been against cremation. But over recent years, many popular religions have softened their stance, allowing followers to get cremated. For example, many Christian denominations now accept cremation.

However, some religions continue to ban this practice. For example, Jewish and Islamic faiths still don’t allow cremation. Because of this, you might want to talk to a local worship leader to see what their perspective on the issue is. It’s common for worship leaders to work with funeral homes, to help add spiritual elements to your loved one’s final farewell.

5) You Can’t Legally Scatter Ashes

Scattering a loved one’s ashes is a deeply moving ceremony. You can legally scatter ashes in Australia. Though there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, if you are scattering on private property, you will need to get the landowner’s permission.

If you are planning on scattering the ashes on private property, there are a few rules to consider. If on land, you might need to seek the permission of the local council. Sometimes, they will provide you with a time and date that you can scatter. If you are planning on scattering the ashes into the ocean, you will just need to seek the permission of the boat owner. If you want to check the rules, you can ask your funeral director.


Though a few misconceptions linger, cremation is quickly becoming more widespread in Australia. Like traditional burial, a cremation service can provide a beautiful way to say a final goodbye to loved ones who have passed away.