Scholars today generally agree that cremation probably began in any real sense during the early Stone Age – around 3000 B.C. – and most likely in Europe and the Near East.

During the late Stone Age cremation began to spread across Northern Europe as evidenced by finds of decorative urns in Western Russia among the Slavic peoples. With the advent of the Bronze Age, 2500 – 1500 BC, cremation moved into the British Isles and into what is now Spain & Portugal. Cemeteries for cremation developed in Hungary and northern Italy, spreading to Northern Europe and Ireland.

In the Mycenaean Age – circa 1000 B.C. – cremation became an integral part of the elaborate Grecian burial custom. In fact, it became the dominant mode of disposition by the time of Homer in 800 B.C. and was actually encouraged for reasons of health and expedient burial of slain warriors in this battle ravaged country. Following this Grecian trend, the early Romans probably embraced cremation some time around 600 B.C. and it apparently became so prevalent that an official decree had to be issued in the mid 5th century against the cremation of bodies within the city.

By theScholars today generally agree that cremation probably began in any real sense during the early Stone Age – around 3000 B.C. – and most likely in Europe and the Near East.

During the late Stone Age cremation began to spread across Northern Europe as evidenced by finds of decorative urns in Western Russia among the Slavic peoples. With the advent of the Bronze Age, 2500 – 1500 BC, cremation moved into the British Isles and into what is now Spain & Portugal. Cemeteries for cremation developed in Hungary and northern Italy, spreading to Northern Europe and Ireland. time of the Roman Empire – 27 B.C. to 395 A.D. – it was widely practiced, and cremated remains were generally stored in elaborate urns, often within columbarium-like buildings. Prevalent though the practice was among Romans, cremation was rare with the early Christians who considered it pagan and in the Jewish culture where traditional sepulcher entombment was preferred.

By 400 A.D., as a result of Constantine’s Christianization of the Empire, earth burial had completely replaced cremation except for rare instances of plague or war and for the next 1,500 years remained the accepted mode of disposition throughout Europe.

Modern cremation as we know it today, actually began only a little over a century ago, after years of experimentation into the development of a dependable chamber. When Professor Brunetti of Italy finally perfected his model and displayed it at the 1873 Vienna Exposition , the cremation movement started simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic. In the British Isles, the movement was fostered by Queen Victoria’s surgeon, Sir Henry Thompson. Concerned with hazardous health conditions, Sir Henry and his colleagues founded the Cremation Society of England in 1874. The first crematories in Europe were built in 1878 in Woking, England and Gotha, Germany.

As long as it is permitted by local regulations, you may have a scattering ceremony in a place that is meaningful to you. Some people may find it hard to simply pour the mortal remains of a loved one out onto the sea. If you wish to be scattered somewhere, it is therefore important to discuss your wishes ahead of time with the person or persons who will actually have to do the scattering ceremony, as they might want to let your funeral professional assist in the scattering ceremony. Funeral directors can also be very helpful in creating a meaningful and personal scattering ceremony that they will customize to fit your families specific desires. The services can be as formal or informal as you like. Services can also be public or private.