Griffin-Wright Funeral Home


There are two types of cremations. I intend to offer both Flameless Cremation and Cremation By Fire to families desiring the cremation process.

Flameless Cremation is also called alkaline hydrolysis or sodium hydroxide. It reduces body components to liquid and bone. The process uses 95% water and 5% alkalinity (alkali-found in some toothpaste and lotions) to accelerate the natural course of breakdown. Flameless Cremation uses less energy and releases no smoke, mercury emissions, or particular matter into the atmosphere. This method of disposition is environmentally safe. Bio-Cremation is a powerful new technology flameless alternative to traditional flame cremation. For more information on, flameless cremation with Ryan Cattoni, please click here.

Cremation By Fire, according to Calgary Cooperative Memorial Society…gaseous emissions are by far the greatest source of cremation pollution. Emissions include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, Sulphur dioxide, hydrogen chloride gas, hydrogen fluoride, mercury vapor. Organic Compounds: such as benzenes furans, and acetone are also emitted producing a reaction with the hydrogen fluoride under combustion conditions to form polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans both of which are carcinogens. (study by Cremation Association of North America)

After your Loved One has been cremated now what? What will you do with the cremains that’s been returned to the funeral home in plastic surrounded by a cardboard box? Jewelry is a nice touch. What about the remaining cremains? Will you place them in your bedroom closet? Maybe you will consider the fireplace or mantel in your living room. Perhaps you will place the cremains in a decorative urn positioning it in your foyer. Wherever you decide to place your Loved One, another popular option is SCATTERING. Imagine an early morning scattering or scattering at dusk celebration. It is cathartic!!

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) expects the trend shifting from burial toward cremation to continue over the next 20 years, with the projected rate of cremation reaching 78.8 percent of deaths by 2035. Over the next eight years, cremation rates will likely exceed 50 percent in 44 states, up from just 16 states in 2010. Simultaneously, the rate of burial is expected to decline from 45.2 percent in 2015 to 30.3 percent over the next eight years. 

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