Cremation has been practiced all over the world for thousands of years, but it became popularized in modern times and is now widely used. Cremation can be traced back to Ancient Egypt where mummies were prepared by removing internal organs, wrapping them with linen cloths, then embalming the body as a whole before placing it inside an urn. After that time period cremations did not occur again until 14th century Europe when there was an increase in deaths from plague epidemics which made cemeteries overcrowded necessitating new burial practices. There are many documented cases throughout history of people being burned at the stake during witch trials or satanic rituals including Joan of Arc who was burned alive on May 30, 1431.
Cremation has become more popular in modern times due to a number of factors including environmental concerns and cost. The carbon footprint from traditional burial is much larger than the equivalent for cremation. Cremations are also considerably cheaper which increases access to this form of disposition, especially when you factor out the fact that it costs less money to buy an urn or other vessel where the body can be placed after cremation as opposed to buying headstones and grave plots. Modern funerary practices have shifted toward what anthropologists call “disposition” rather than funeral rites because there is no longer any set ritual process involved with death care. Dispositions vary greatly depending on culture, religion, family wishes etc., so if people are just wanting their loved ones to be disposed of in a way that does not require the extensive preparation involved with traditional burial, cremation is much more practical.
Cremations can also take place at home which provides an alternative means for disposing your body as opposed to going through funeral homes and mortuaries. This process usually costs less than if you go through a professional service because there are no middlemen taking their cut from what remains after death. The time it takes depends on how large or heavy the person being cremated was but typically ranges between two and four hours for most people. Afterward, all that’s left is some ash depending on factors like whether any metal appliances were inside them when they burned (machinery) or how hot the fire was. The ashes are usually placed in a decorative urn which can be kept at home, buried or even scattered, but regardless of what you choose there is no need for expensive grave plots and headstones to memorialize your loved one.
Cremation has grown exponentially since the 19th century because it satisfies more people’s preferences regarding disposition than traditional burial does while also being much less costly than either natural burial practices or choosing an alternative means for disposing bodies like donating them to science organizations who use cadavers for medical research purposes. Cremations do not require anything beyond the crematorium itself so they’re very cost effective by comparison with other methods of disposition where families have to pay funeral homes etc., before morticians prepare their loved ones bodies for burial.
Cremations offer a more affordable and practical alternative to traditional burial practices that better accommodates the needs of many people today because they are less expensive, allow you to keep your loved ones ashes at home or scattered elsewhere instead of being buried underground where it’s costly as well as environmentally damaging, and satisfy most peoples desires regarding disposition without having to go through all sorts of religious rituals beforehand. Cremation is also much faster than natural burials so if someone dies in their sleep or unexpectedly there isn’t any time wasted trying to set up the proper funeral rites before disposing of them which is usually what happens when you contact morticians about preparing bodies for funerals etc.