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At Avatar Cremation Service & Crematory, we offer online cremation planning for your convenience. You can get a head start on the arrangement process by completing as much of the necessary details as possible in the comfort of your own home.
Cremation is, in fact, an ancient way of caring for physical remains. Archaeologists and historians are in general agreement that cremation began in the West during the early years of the Stone Age, sometime around 3,000 B.C. Cremation is even older in Australia, where the remains of a partially-cremated female, found at Mungo Lake, dates to at least 20,000 years ago.
Over the course of centuries, the practice of cremation spread throughout Northern Europe, the British Isles, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland. The ancient Greeks made cremation an integral part of their burial practices; and it was widely practiced throughout the Roman Empire (27 B.C. to 395 A.D.). However early Christians considered it pagan, and by 400 A.D., the practice was abandoned (except during times of war or plague). Earth burial became the standard for the following 1,500 years of Western history. However, things were different in parts of Asia, where religious doctrine identified cremation as the preferred method of caring for the physical remains.
These early cremation practices often involved placing the deceased on a combustible pyre, which was then set alight, burning the body to ash using direct open flame. The cremation process was affected by the combustible materials and pyre construction, which could result in incomplete (or otherwise unsatisfactory) cremation. However, today's modern crematory uses advanced technology to monitor the cremation process and regulate the intense heat used to reduce the body to ash efficiently, using the least amount of natural resources.
Propelled by the technological innovations of the past one hundred and forty years, the first cremation unit (developed in Italy in the 1870s) bears little resemblance to a modern state-of-the-art cremator (often called a "retort"). The evolution of the crematory itself (the building in which the cremator is housed) was just as rapid and profound. In those final decades of the 19th century, crematories were little more that incineration facilities; here in 2014, crematories are designed to encourage, and facilitate, a family's participation in the cremation care of a loved one.
We have our own private crematory that is open and accessible for you to view at any time. That’s because we want you to know we are very proud of our facilities and are proud to be known in our community as accessible and responsive.
Spotlessly clean, comfortable and well-lighted; all of our facilities invite inspection. In fact, we not only encourage public examination; our commitment to operational transparency (reflected in our Code of Ethics) demands it. If you'd like to inspect our cremation facilities, we ask that you call us at (561) 747-9883.
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